Meilge Molbhthach, 71st High King of Ireland {Legendary}

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Meilge Molbhthach mac Cobthaich, Ard Rí na h'Éireann {Legendary}

Also Known As: "Meilage", "Meilge Molbthache Melg Molbhthagh", "Molbthach", "Molbhthach", "Meilge", "Melghe", "Melga Molfach"
Birthplace: Ireland
Death: -505
Ruled 16 Years-Slain By Modhchorb
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Son of Cobhthach Cóel Breg, High King of Ireland {Legendary}
Husband of N.N.
Father of Irero Gleo Fáthach, 74th High King of Ireland {Legendary}

Occupation: 71st High King of Ireland, 71th High King of Ireland
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About Meilge Molbhthach, 71st High King of Ireland {Legendary}

Meilge Molbthach ("the praiseworthy"), son of Cobthach Cóel Breg, was, according to medieval Irish legend and historical tradition, a High King of Ireland. He took power after killing his predecessor, and his father's killer, Labraid Loingsech. He ruled for seven or seventeen years, until he was killed by Mug Corb, grandson of Rechtaid Rígderg, in Munster. It is said that when his grave was dug, a lake burst over the land, which was called Loch Meilge after him. The Lebor Gabála Érenn synchronises his reign with that of Ptolemy III Euergetes of Egypt (246-222 BC). The chronology of Geoffrey Keating's Foras Feasa ar Éirinn dates his reign to 369-362 BC, the Annals of the Four Masters to 523-506 BC.


Title: King of Ireland

Melghe Molbhthach, d. ca. 506 BC, cause of death was the battle of Claire at the hands of Modhcorb.

Father: Cobhthach Cael Breagh, King of Ireland, d. ca. 542 BC in Dinn Righ, Ireland, cause of death was roasting alive in a metal building at the burning of Dinn Righ.

Melghe slew Ladhraidh Loingseach ca. 523 BC in revenge of his father. Melghe is listed in the Annals of the Four Masters as the "Praiseworthy" son of Cobhthach, though it does not explain what made him so.

541 BC, in the Battle of Clare


Cobthach Cáelbreg King of Ireland (-541bc)

Misc. Notes

was the7lst Monarch; was slain by Modhchorb, son of Cobhthach Caomh, of the Line of Haber Fionn, B. C. 541.

Part III, Chapter IV of Irish Pedigrees, by John O'Hart, published 1892, pages 351-9, 664-8 and 708-9.

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