On 3/06/2015 10:55 AM, Liz Gabay wrote:
>> He is 'Suibne mac Colmáin', 'Suibne son of Colmán'. Colmáin is in the
>> genitive, so the adjective must be in the genitive to agree with it.
> Thanks, Neil. I wonder if 'Moir' in the genitive means I should translate 'Suibne son of Big
> Or is the Irish ambiguous here?
> Could 'móir' apply to either Suibne or his father Colmán? Liz
The epithet Mór definitely belongs to Colmán. (Remember 'mac' is not itself
a name here, so 'big Suibne' would be Suibne Mór mac Colmán.)
Colmán Már / Mór was an important historical king.
He was the progenitor of the Clann Cholmáin kings of Mide.
(Díarmait's other son Áed Sláine was the progenitor of the Síl nÁedo kings
of Brega. The two dynasties competed for the over-kinship of the Southern
Uí Néill, with which came the chance to compete with the Northern Uí Néill
over-king for the kingship of Tara.)
Colmán Már died around AD 555-58, and his son Suibne in 600.