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Subject: Re: Coarb
From: Michael Davidson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
Date:Thu, 24 Feb 1994 08:30:33 -0500

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> While going through Gwynn's catalogue of Irish monasteries (sorry forgot
> the title) I came across the word "coarb."  St. Comgall is referred to as
> "ab. and coarb" .  Is this an abbreviation for "co-archbishop?" It wasn't
> listed in Gwynn's list of abbreviations.  "Ab.", I know, is "abbot."
> Butler, in his _Lives of the Saints_ only refers to him as "the Abbot of
> Bangor."
> Denise Inglis
Coarb is not an abbreviation for "co-archbishop". In the various annal
collections, coarb and abbot are used almost interchangeably to mean the
head of the monastery.
Michael Davidson

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