Cóemgen m. Cóemloga of Glendalough

Other names

Cóemgen of Glenn Dá Locha; Kevin.

Introduction

By the 9th century the saint’s church at Glendalough was of some prominence in Ireland and a list of abbots survives, beginning with Cóemgen. Five lives survive, some Latin, some vernacular. Ó Riain suspects that their origin is in the late 12th or early 13th century, but a full analysis has not been carried out (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 149). Alliances with several saints are found in the lives, including – unsurprisingly – Comgall, Colum Cille, Cainnech and Ciarán. This name derives from cáem, dear + gein, birth. The first element also occurs in the names of his father (Cóemlug) , mother (Coímell, see Mothers of the ss, 722.19), sister (Cóemóc, see Mothers of the ss, 722, 102) and brother (Cóemán, see Rec. Met. 622.155), giving the cult an artificial appearance.

Gender

Male

Associated places

Glenn Dá Locha; Glendalough, Seven Churches tl., Derrylossary par., bar. of Ballinacor North, co. Wicklow.

Obituary

AU 618 [interlin. H] Coemgin Ghlinne da Locha… [and another person] quieuerunt AU 622 Quies Coemgin Glinne da Locha secundum alios [last two words interlin H2]

Genealogies

He is assigned to the Dál Meisin Corb, who held lands in Co. Wicklow (CGSH 181.1; Rec. Mai. 250; Rec. Min. 592; Rec. Met. 662.155). Mess Corb is at the head of one of the 4 prímshluinte (chief stocks) of the Leinstermen (Byrne 1963, 288).

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Cóemgen, Cóemán, Mo Chóemóc, Coemi (ns) (certain)

Related Personal Names

Name

Cóemgen (certain)

Feast days

Day of Year

June 3

Calendar

Martyrology of Tallaght

Source code

Mart.T

Source title

Martyrology of Tallaght

Editors

Best, R. I. and Lawlor, H. J.

Year

1931

Notes

From the Book of Lesinter and MS 5100-4 in the Royal Library, Brussels.

Quote from source

Caemgin ab Glinne da Locha

Day of Year

June 3

Calendar

Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee

Source code

Mart. O

Source title

Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee

Editors

Stokes, Whitley

Year

1905

Notes

Full title is Félire Óengusso Céli Dé, The Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee, critically edited from Ten Manuscripts, with a Preface, Translation, Notes and Indices.

Quote from source

Cóemgen cáid cáin cathar, o nGlinn dá lind lethan Coemgen the chaste, fair warrior, in the Glen of two broad loughs.

Notes

Mart O notes in Laud Coemgein .i. gein caem. Nó Cóemgin. Nó Coém a erlabra. Coemlog nomen patris eius. Coemgel nomen matris. Coeman & Nethchoem nomina fratrum suorum. ie a dear birth. Or a dear mouth, or dear was his utterance.

Day of Year

June 3

Calendar

Martyrology of Gorman

Source code

Mart. G

Source title

Martyrology of Gorman

Editors

Stokes, Whitley

Year

1895

Notes

Full title is Félire Húi Gormáin, The Martyrology of Gorman edited from a manuscript in the Royal library, Brussels, with a preface, translation, notes and indices. It is published by the Henry Bradshaw Society.

Quote from source

Caemgen gloss: abb Glinne da Locha

Notes

On same day is Glúnsalach, an ex brigand who followed Coemgen and was buried by him in his church. Also on this day is Affein of Cell Afféin, near Glendalough.

Day of Year

June 3

Calendar

The Martyrology of Donegal

Source code

Mart. Do.

Source title

The Martyrology of Donegal

Editors

Todd, J. H.

Year

1864

Notes

Other author to be specified.

Quote from source

Caoimghen, abb Glinne da Loch

Notes

More from Mart. Do: 120 years was his age; the time when he resigned his spirit was AD 617. According to his genealogy he is of the race of Laeghaire Lorc, monarch of Erin, from whom the Leinstermen are descended. And Caemell, daughter of Ceannfhionnán, son of Lughaidh, was his mother. It also says that he was like Paul the hermit, and that he had narrow crib to defend himself against the devil. A poem by Cuimin of Condoire is included.