Brian Bórú, High King of Ireland

Brian Bórú, High King of Ireland

Male Abt 941 - 1014  (~ 73 years)

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  • Born Abt 941  Béal Bórú, County Clare, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    History Brian Bórú was born at a time when the Norse had secured many seaports and frequently plundered and harried the neighbouring countryside. In 976 he succeeded his brother Mathúin as king of Dál gCais and claimant to the kingship of Munster. By 999, after a series of wars, he was acknowledged as High King of Ireland. Brian Boru's reign was marked by continuous opposition. This came to a head in the early eleventh century. Máel Mórda, the king of Leinster, made an alliance with the Dublin Norse under Sigurd, Earl of Orkney and their overseas allies. Brian's forces defeated this union at Clontarf, about four miles north of modern Dublin, on Good Friday, April 23, 1014. Brian, too aged to fight, was awaiting news of the battle when he was slain in his tent by a Viking intruder. The battle of Clontarf marked the end of any major Viking involvement in Irish wars.  [1
    Died 23 Apr 1014  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: murder 
    Brian Bórú's Murder
    Brian Bórú's Murder
    A youngster attempted to defend the ageing Brian Bórú, High King of Ireland, from attack by a fleeing Viking warrior.
    Person ID I5838  | Roy Line, Boudreau Line
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2019 

    Family Gormflaith of Naas 
    Children 
     1. Donnchad, King of Munster,   d. 1064, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F4432  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 941 - Béal Bórú, County Clare, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: murder - 23 Apr 1014 - Ireland Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Brian Bórú
    Brian Bórú

  • Sources 
    1. [S65] Sewell, Robert James. Sewell: A History of the Sewell Family from the Earliest Times, (unknown: manuscript, March 2008).



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