Comyn family genealogy

Arms: Az. three lozenge buckles tongues in fesse or. Crest: On a chapeau gu turned up erm. a bloodhound sejant ppr.

BREANAN DALL, a brother of Cormac who is No. 95 on the "O'Kelly" (Hy-Maine) pedigree, was the ancestor of O'Comain; anglicised Coman, Comyn, and Comyns.

95. Breanan Dall: son of Cairbre Crom-ris, who was also called Cairbre "MacFechine."

96. Coman ("comann:" Irish, communion): his son; a quo O'Comain.

97. Eoghan: his son.

98. Conghal: his son.

99. Seachnasach: his son.

100. Reachtghal: his son.

101. Feareadhach: his son.

102. Fogharthach; his son.

103. Cethern; his son.

104. Cormac: his son.

105. Conall O'Comain: his son. (At this stage in this genealogy this ancient family was dispossessed of its patrimony, as were also many other ancient families in Connaught, by the Anglo-Norman family of De Burc, to whom King Henry III. granted the Lordship of that Province, A.D. 1225.—See Note "Ricard Mór," under No. 18 on the "Bourke" (No. 1) pedigree.


[1] Comyn: John Comyn, Archbishop of Dublin, said to be an Englishman, but probably a member of this ancient family, was appointed to the see in 1181, but did not visit Ireland until 1184, when he was commissioned to prepare for the reception of Prince John. In 1190 he commenced and endowed St. Patrick's Cathedral, and enlarged and repaired the choir of Christ Church. He died in Dublin, 25th October, 1212, and was buried in Christ Church. One of the canons made by him, and confirmed by Pope Urban III., provides that " All archers and others who carry arms not for the defence of the people, but for plunder and sordid lucre, shall, on every Lord's-day, be excommunicated by bell, book, and candle, and at last be refused Christian burial." In consequence of a dispute with one of the Lords-Justices, he for a time laid an interdict upon his archbishopric. Ware says concerning him:—"Dempster would insinuate that he (John Comyn) was bishop of Dunblane, in Scotland, and not of Dublin; but that author has up and down stuffed his catalogue of the writers of Scotland with English, Welsh, and Irish, according to his own unguided fancy, and, to confirm his assertions, has often had the impudence to forge the names of authors, works, places, and times."—WEBB.