The Moore Family Ancestry
and the Legend of King Arthur
By Anthony Murphy Barrett
Copyright — October 2015 —
Anthony Murphy Barrett
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It is within this year of 324 CE or AD (common era or anno Domini, depending on one’s politics) where this author begins his etymology or one-name study of the Moore surname story in this introduction ebook. Moore family details during this period are impossible to know, but newly discovered information does paint a very accurate depiction of their life during this tremulous time.
This is an anxious year for the family. It is full of promise.
News brought in the Spring has reached this isolated region of north-west Ireland. If stories of Roman expansion of Britain are true, their conquest has stopped short of taking the whole island. Have Romans finally reached their limit of Empire? This rumour is creating a stir of excitement because there are still regions within Britain and Scotland which remain independent of Rome. This information may perhaps open up an economic opportunity for Moore families. Those of this lineage, of course, do not use this name as its about 900 years before this family name exists.
It is their Clan Ó Ruairc of tribe Cenél Conaill which defines them. Their land is on Conaill’s south-western edge on the south shore of Donegal Bay, Ireland. The Ó Ruairc were early Kings of Bréifne, and later Princes of West Bréifne, an area which corresponds roughly to present day County Leitrim. Their leader Tighearnán and his warriors left shortly after hearing the news in their sailing ships to Britain to see if this presented any opportunities for them. Their clan is a sub-tribe of the greater Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda•Mac•Sin.
Clan Ó Ruairc’s home offers Moore ancestors all the basics of life but little opportunity for trade. This clan along with their tribe Cenél Conaill and a cousin tribe Cenél Eoghan have also developed along the east coast in what is now County Down and form the Dál Fiatach.
This flag from the Kingdom of Bréifne may have flown on their ships.
On an Autumn day, ships return with news of an alliance with another cousin tribe in the north of Ireland called Dál Riata. Tighearnán has learned Romans are unable to complete the conquest of the Isle of Britain not only because of native resistance, but from within their own ranks. Rome it seems has come to the end of Empire; unwilling or perhaps unable to finish the job.
Tighearnán sees opportunity for his people. This tribe will send ships into Wales on the edge of Roman Britain the following year. They are here in Wales to establish trade with their ancient foes. They will use local Welsh tribes as middlemen to bring trade goods back to their people in Ireland. Many will stay and build homes in Wales. Tighearnán’s scheme will work for the remaining hundred years of the Roman occupation and as a result they will eventually create the Kingdom of Ercing.
This Flag from the Kingdom of Ercing may have flown on their ships.
Six generations later in early Summer of 525 AD, their leader who will be known in some writings as Tristan will gather his warriors on the shores of the River Usk in Wales. Tristan and his warriors again have opportunity on their minds. They have been summoned for a great council of their ancient clan in the north regions. Each family relations has pooled their resources buying, selling or making armour, weapons and supplies for their best warrior to represent them at this gathering. As these warriors board ships along the Usk they look back at what may be, for some their last memories of their Welsh homeland.
This small fleet of ships sail to Kintyre, Scotland home of their ancient Cenél Conaill tribe who along with Dál Riata and Dál Fiatach expanded from Donegal and Ulaid, Ireland to Scotland about 100 years previously. They are here to listen to another tribal relation, a Dáirine leader from south Ireland and his plan of conquest. His name is Apthach, legend will call him Arthur. But most importantly, they are here among their ancient relations gathered together for the first time in over 500 years. Only one man is responsible for this and it is not the young lad who stands before them.
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You, the reader have been summoned to a great council in the form of an ebook almost 1,500 years from the original gathering. This call to council is an opportunity of self-discovery and for you alone to determine what is true and what is fantasy. Welcome to what may be your ancestry…
Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their history back to life. From this ebook learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of this family’s story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of what could be your ancestors.