Dunlevy family genealogy

Princes of Ulidia

ÆNEAS Tuirmeach-Teamrach, the 81st Monarch of Ireland, who (see p. 355) is No. 66 on the "Line of Heremon," had a son named Fiach-Fearmara, who was ancestor of the Kings of Argyle and Dalriada, in Scotland: this Fiach (latinized "Fiachus Fearmara") was also the ancestor of MacDunshleibhe and O'Dunsleibhe, anglicised Dunleavy, Dunlief, Dunlap,[1] Delap, Dunlevy, Don-Levi, Donlevy, Levingstone, Livingstone, and Levenston.

67. Fiach-Fearmara: son of Æneas.

68. Olioll Erann: his son.

69. Feareadach: his son.

70. Forga: his son.

71. Main Mór: his son.

72. Arndal [2] ("aran;" Irish, bread; Lat. "aran-s;" Gr. "aroon," ploughing; and "dal" or "dail:" Irish, a field ): his son.

73. Rathrean: his son.

74. Trean: his son.

75. Rosin: his son.

76. Sin: his son.

77. Eochaidh: his son; had an elder brother named Deadhach, who was an ancester of Loarn, the last King of Dalriada, in Scotland.

78. Deithsin: son of Eochaidh.

79. Dluthagh: his son.

80. Daire: his son.

81. Fiatach Fionn: his son; the 103rd Monarch of Ireland, a quo "Dal fiatach."

82. Ogaman: his son.

83. Fionnchada: his son.

84. Iomchaidh: his son.

85. Fergus Dubh-dheadach, the 114th Monarch: his son.

86. Æneas (or Aongus) Fionn: his son: who is No. 34 on the Roll of the "Kings of Ulster."—See that Roll, in the Appendix.

87. Luigheach: his son; is No. 36 on that Roll; was the last of the "Dal Fiatach" pre-Christian Kings of Ulster.

88. Mianach: his son.

89. Dubhthach: his son.

90. Dallan: his son.

91. Forga (2): his son.

92. Muredach Mundearg: his son; the first Christian King of Ulidia.[3]

93. Cairioll Coscrach: his son; the second King.

94. Deman: his son; the seventh King.

95. Fiachna: his son; the twelfth King.

96. Maolcobhach (or Malcovus), the 144th Monarch, and the 15th King of Ulidia: his son.

97. Blathmac, the 150th Monarch, and 16th King of Ulidia.

98. Beag Boirche ("boirche:" Irish, a large hind), the 19th King; his son.

99. Aodh (or Hugh) Roin: his son; the 21st King.

100. Fiachna: his son; the 23rd King; living A.D. 743.

101. Eochaidh: his son; the 24th King.

102. Aodh (2): his son.

103. Eachagan: his son.

104. Aodh (3): his son; the 38th King.

105. Madadhan: his son.

106. Ardgal: his son; the 44th King.

107. Eochaidh, the 46th King: his son.

108. Niall, the 48th King: his son.

109. Eochaidh ("eochaidh:" Irish, a knight or horseman; from each: Irish, a horse), a quo O'h-Eochaidh, anglicised O'Heoghy, Hoey, Howe, Haugh, Haughey, etc.: his son; whose brother Maolruanaidh was the 47th King of Ulidia, and was slain, A.D. 1014, at the battle of Clontarf, fighting against the Danes.

110. Dunsleibhe [dunsleive]: his son; a quo MacDunshleibhe and O'Dunshleibhe.

111. Connor: his son; whose brother Rory was the 54th Christian (and last) King of Ulidia.

112. Cu-Uladh [ula] MacDunshleibhe:[4] his son; living, A.D. 1177.

We are at present (1881) unable to continue the descent of this family down to the Hereditary Prince of Ulidia,[5] who, for his devotion to King James II., had in 1691 to quit Ireland and retire to France; where he d. at the Archbishopric of Treves, leaving an only son and heir—Andrew-Maurice, who was b. in Ireland, and d. at Coblentz, on 19th June, 1751. From him the descent was as in the "Don-Levi" pedigree.


[1] Dunlap: John Dunlap, an American Revolutionary patriot, was born at Strabane, in 1747. At the age of eight or nine years he went to live with his uncle William, a printer and publisher of Philadelphia. When but eighteen he took sole charge of his uncle's business, and in November, 1771, commenced the Pennsylvania Packet, and before long became one of the most successful printers and editors of the country. As printer to Congress, he first issued the "Declaration of Independence." He died in Philadelphia, on 27th November, 1812.

[2] Arndal: This Celtic word is the root of the sirname Arnald, modernized Arnold.

[3] Ulidia: In page 199 of first series, this Muredach is, through the author's mistake, mentioned as the son of Crimthann Liath, who was king of Orgiall (and not of Ulidia), at the time of the advent of St. Patrick to Ireland.

[4] Dunshleibhe: This epithet, anglicised Dunlevy, signifies "the fortress on the (sliabh or) mountain" (dun: Irish, a fortress; Pers. doen, a hill; Copt, ton, a mountain; Turk, dun, high; Germ, dun, a city; Eng. town); but anglicised Donlevy, it means "the chief on the mountain" (duine: Irish, a man; Hind. dhunee, a proprietor; Arab., Span., and Irish, don, noble; Heb., Chald., and old Persian dan, a chief magistrate.)

According to Dr. O'Donovan, descendants of this family, soon after the English invasion of Ireland, passed into Scotland, where they changed the name Dunshleibhe to Dunlief and Dunlap and even to Livingston. In the "Patronimica Britanica" it is stated that the name Dunlop is, in Scotland, often corrupted to Dunlap and Delap; and that the name has been traced to A.D. 1260, when "Dom Gulielmus de Dunlop was Lord of Dunlop, in Ayrshire, an estate still in the possession of the family." It is erroneously considered by some of the name that Delap is derived from De-la-Poer, which has been modernized Pouer. (See the "Power" pedigree, p. 252, ante.)

The dominant family in Ulidia, when, A.D. 1177, it was invaded by John de Courcey, was that of Cu-Uladh (No. 112, above mentioned), whom Connellan styles Cu-Uladh MacDuinshleibhe O'h-Eochadha, and who was nephew of Rory, the 54th and last King of Ulidia. The "Cu-Uladh" portion of this name has been latinized Canis Ultoniae: meaning that this chief of Ulidia (which in the twelfth century constituted the "Kingdom of Ulster") was swift-footed as a hound. The "MacDuinnshleibhe" portion of the name implies that Cu-Uladh was son or descendant of Dunsleibhe (No. 110, from whom this sirname is derived): a name which Giraldus Cambrensis latinized Dunlevus; and the "O'h-Eochadha" portion signifies that this Dunsleibhe was the son of Eochaidh, No. 109 on the foregoing pedigree.

[5] Ulidia: This Hereditary Prince of Ulidia, on the fall of King James II., quitted Ireland for France, taking with him his only son and heir, Andrew-Maurice, then a boy; but left behind him his wife who remained in full possession of all his property, and who survived him. After his death, his widow married in Ireland Count O'Donnell, by whom she left no children. This Lady O'Donnell (who died in 1708), it appears, executed a Deed by which she entrusted to the Crown the administration of her lands and propery: stipulating that whenever the legitimate heir of her first husband should present himself, possession of her property should be given to him. And it also appears that, till his death in 1751, her son, Andrew-Maurice Don-Levi, above mentioned, received the rents of the landed property (situate in the counties of Down in Ireland), so willed by the said Lady O'Donnell to the legitimate heir of the "Donlevy" family.