> 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
> 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.