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Gilla Coemain (fl. c. 1062—1082) Gaelic poet

Gilla in Choimded Ua Carain (c. 1100—1175) archbishop of Armagh

Gilla meic Liac (1087—1174) archbishop of Armagh

Gilla Na Naem úa Duinn

Gilla na Naemh Ua Duinn (1102—1160) historian and poet


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OIr. word for (a) youth of an age to bear arms, (b) servant, messenger, gilly. Initially used with an epithet to describe servants, e.g. Gilla Decair [the Hard Servant] in Tóraigheacht an Ghiolla Dheacair [Pursuit of the Hard Gilly / Difficult Servant]. From the 10th century on, Gilla became the first element in masculine proper names, e.g. Gilla Cóemáin (fl.1025–75), the poet and chronicler, or the many-named Gilla Críst [Servant of Christ]. ModIr. giolla; ScG gille.

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