Annals of the Four Masters

The Annals of the Four Masters or the Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland by the Four Masters are a chronicle of medieval Irish history.
The entries span the dates between around 550AD and AD 1616

The annals are mainly a compilation of earlier annals, although there is some original work. They were compiled between 1632 and 1636 in a Franciscan monastery in County Donegal.
The entries for the 12th century and before are sourced from medieval monastic annals.

The later entries come from the records of the Irish aristocracy (such as the Annals of Ulster), and the seventeenth century entries are based on personal recollection and observation.

To be recorded in such Annals one had to be of a prominent noble family lines and the O'Loughlins were indeed considered that.

Below is a timeline of when an event involving the Corca Modhruadh(The O'Loughlins Clanna Rory sept) or a prominent O'Loughlin.
It makes for some interesting reading as it covers Clan chiefs deaths, raids and even treachery amongst the family!.


A.D. 703. The battle of Corca Modhruadh was fought this year, in which Ceilichair, the son of Coman, was killed.

A.D. 737. Flann Fearna, Lord of Corca Modhruadh died.

A.D. 871. Flaithbheartach, the son of Dubhraig, Lord of Corca Modhruadh Ninais, died.

A.D. 899. Bruaiteadh, the son of Flaithbheartach, Lord of Corca Modhruadh, died.

A.D. 902. Flann, the son of Flaithbheartach, Lord of Corca Modhruadh, died.

A.D. 916. Ceat, son of Flaithbheartach, Lord of Corca Modhruadh, died.

A.D. 925. Anruathan, son of Maelgorm, assumed the Lordship of Corca Modhruadh.

A.D. 934. Anruathan, son of Maelgorm, Lord of Corcomroe, died.

A.D. 983. Lochlainn, Lord of Corcomroe, and Maoilseachlainn, the son of Cosrach, died.

This is the man from which the O'Loughlin surname originates.

A.D. 987. Congal, son of Anrudhan, Lord of Corcomroe, died.

A.D. 1045. Conghalach O'Loghlen, Lord of Corcomroe, died.

A.D. 1055. The Dal Cais, conducted by Murrogh O'Brien, plundered Corcomroe; but they were pursued, deprived of their booty, and many of them killed.

A.D. 1060. Ondadh O'Loghlen, Lord of Corcomroe, died.

A.D. 1088. Corcomroe was thrice plundered this year by Roderic O'Conor. He left scarcely any cattle or people that he did not kill or carry off.

A.D. 1149. Turlogh O'Brien marched with his forces to the neighbourhood of Galway; they plundered the country and demolished the walls of the Dun of Galway. On this occasion Maoileachlainn O'Loghlen, Lord of Corcomroe, was drowned in the river of Galway.

A.D. 1361. Donogh O'Loghlen, Lord of Corcomroe, died.

A.D. 1364. Gilla-na-naomh O'Davoren, chief brehon of Corcomroe, died.

A.D. 1389. Melaghlen cam O'Loghlen, Lord of Corcomroe, was treacherously slain by his own brother.

A.D. 1396. Irial O'Loughlin, Lord of Corcomroe, was slain by Mac Girr-an-adhastair, one of his own tribe, in revenge of his foster-brother Melaghlin, whom he Irial had killed some time before.

A.D. 1404. Carroll O'Daly, Olav of Corcomroe, died.

A.D 1408. John Cam O'Shaughnessy was slain by the son of O'Loughlin while playing on the green of Cluain Ramhfhoda.

A.D. 1425. MacGowan of the Stories (na sceal) that is, Thomas, son of Gilla-na-neav MacGowan, Olav to O'Loghlen of Corcomroe, died.

A.D. 1434 Felim, the son of Mahon O'Loughlin, Bishop of Kilfenora, died.

A.D. 1448. O'Loghlen, Lord of Burren, died.

A.D. 1562. The son of O'Loghlen, namely, Melaghlin, son of Owney, son of Melaghlin, son of Rury, son of Ana, son of Donogh-an-chuil, son of Ana Bacagh O'Loghlen, was killed in an expedition of the Earl of Thomond against Glin Castle, county of Limerick.

A.D. 1584. Turlogh, the son of Owney, son of Melaghlin O'Loghlen of Burren, was, in the beginning of the month of March in this year, taken prisoner on Muic-Inish (near Ballyvaughan) by Turlogh, the son of Donald O'Brien, and put to death at Ennis by Captain Brabazon at the ensuing summer sessions.

A.D. 1590. Owney O'Loghlen, the son of Melaghlin, son of Rury, son of Ana, died, and his son Rossa, and his grandson Owney, were contending with each other for his place.