Mór Ní Tuathail
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Mór Ní Thuathail (anglicised as Mor O'Toole) (c. 1114–1191) was a Queen-consort of Leinster as the principal first wife of King Diarmait Mac Murchada. Under Brehon Law, Irish men were allowed more than one wife. King Dermot's second wife was Sadhbh Ní Fhaolain.
|Mór Ní Thuathail|
|Queen consort of Leinster|
|Tenure||c. 1140 – 1 May 1171|
Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland
|Spouse||Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster|
Aoife of Leinster
Orlachan of Leinster
|Father||Muitchertach Ua Tuathail|
|Mother||Cacht Ní Morda|
Her paternal grandparents were Gilla Comgaill Ua Toole and Sadbh Ní Domnail and her maternal grandparents were Loigsig Ua Morda, King of Laois and Gormlaith Ní Caellaide.
Marriage and issueEdit
Sometime about 1140 in Loch Garman, County Wexford, Mór was married to King Diarmait Mac Murchada of Leinster as his principal first wife, making her Queen-consort of Leinster. His second wife was Sadhbh Ní Fhaolain. Under Brehon Law, Irish men were permitted more than one wife. In 1152, he abducted Derbforgaill Ní Mhaol Seachlainn, the wife of the King of Breifne, Tighearnán Ua Ruairc (Irish: Tighearnán Ua Ruairc).
Together Dermot and Mór had about three children:
- Conchobhar Mac Murchada (died 1167)
- Aoife MacMurrough (1145–1188), married 29 August 1170, Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, known to history as Strongbow, by whom she had two children, including Isabel de Clare, 4th Countess of Pembroke, who became the heiress to her father's titles and estates.
- Órlaith of Leinster, married Domnall Mór Ua Briain, King of Thomond, by whom she had issue.
In 1167, Mór's son Conchobhar was killed by Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair, High King of Ireland, after having been taken hostage while Diarmait waged war against Ruaidrí with the aim of overthrowing him in order to take his place as the High King.
Queen Mór died in 1191, three years after her eldest daughter, Aoife. Her husband predeceased her on 1 May 1171 in Ferns, shortly after the Cambro-Norman invasion of Ireland led by their son-in-law, Strongbow.
- Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Kings of Leinster