MacSweeny (No.1) family genealogy

Of Fanad

Arms: [1] Or, on a fess vert betw. three boars pass. sa. a lizard ar. Crest: An arm in armour embowed, holding a battle-axe all ppr.

AODH ANRACHAN, a younger brother of Donal an Togdhamh who is No. 106 on the (No. 1) "O'Neill" (Princes of Tyrone) pedigree, was the ancestor of MacSuibhaneaighe; anglicised MacSweeney, MacSwiney, MacSwiggan, Sweeney, Sweeny, Swiggan, Sidney, Swyney, Swayne, Swain, and Sweney.

106. Aodh (or Hugh) Anrachan: second son of Aodh Athlamh, Prince of Tyrone.

107. Aodh Alainn (or Hugh the Beautiful): his son.

108. Dunsleibhe: his son; had a brother named Giollachriosd, who was the ancestor of MacLaghlan, MacLachlan, MacLaughlan, and other families, in Scotland.

109. Suibhneach ("suibh:" Irish, a strawberry plant, Welsh, "syfi;" or "subha," mirth; and "neach," some one, any one, a spirit or apparition): son of Dunsleibhe; a quo MacSuibhaneaighe. This Suibhneach had a brother named Fearchar, who had a son named Giollacoluim, who was father of Ladhman, a quo O'Laidmain, anglicised Layman.

110. Maolmuire; son of Suibhneach; first assumed this sirname.

111. Moroch Mór: his son; living A.D. 1267.

112. Maolmuire: his son.

113. Moroch Mir ("mir:" apart or portion): his son. Had two sons —1. Moroch, ancestor of MacSweeney of Fanad; 2. Maolmuire, who was the ancestor of MacSweeney na Doe (or MacSweeney na Tuaidh). Some annalists derive tuaidh from " tuagh:" Irish, an axe; or from " tuagh catha:" Irish, a battle axe; Gr. "tuo;" Fr. "tuer;" and some, from " tuaith:" Irish, a territory [2]

114. Moroch: elder son of Moroch Mir.

115. Maolmuire: his son.

116. Tirloch Mór Caoch: his son.

117. Tirloch Ruadh [roe]: his son.

118. Maolmuire: his son.

119. Ruadhri: his son.

120. Tirloch: his son.

121. Donal: his son.

122. Donal Gorm: his son.

123. Donal Oge: his son.

124. Donal Gorm (2): his son.

125. Hugh MacSweeney, of Fanad: his son; had a brother named Donal.


[1] Arms: The Arms of MacSweeney, according to De la Ponce, were: "D'argent a deux Sangliers affrontés de gueules, accompagnés en chef de deux haches de combat d' ázur placés en sautoir."

[2] Territory: The territories of MacSweeney na Tuaighe (or, as some have it, "na d-Tuath," or na Doe) comprised the parishes of Menagh, Clondahorky, Raymunter, Doney, and Raytullaghobigly. And the names of the three Tuaths (or territories) contained in "MacSweeney's Country," in the County of Donegal, are yet retained among the old inhabitants; namely—Ross-Guill (or Rossgul), Tuath-Tory, and Cloghaneely.