- Áed Find
Áed Find (Áed the White) or Áed mac Echdach (before 736–778) was king of
Dál Riata(modern western Scotland). Áed was the son of Eochaid mac Echdach, a descendant of Domnall Breccin the main line of Cenél nGabráinkings.
According to later genealogies, Áed was the great-grandfather of Kenneth MacAlpin (Cináed mac Ailpín) who is traditionally counted as the first
king of Scots. This descent ran through Áed's son Eochaid mac Áeda Findand Eochaid's son Alpín mac Echdach. The evidence for the existence of Eochaid and Alpín is late and uncompelling, and shows signs of fabrication in the High Middle Ages.
Annals of Ulsterin 768 report "Bellum i Fortrinn iter Aedh & Cinaedh": a battle in Fortriubetween Áed and Cináed. This is usually read as meaning Áed Find and the Pictish king Ciniod, who is called "Cinadhon" in the notice of his death in 775. The Annals of the Four Masters, a less reliable source, give a different version, placing this battle in Leinsterand naming the victor as Cináed mac Flainn of the Uí Failgi and his defeated enemy as one Áed.
Áed's death in 778 is noted by the Annals of Ulster. He appears to have been followed as king by his brother
Fergus mac Echdach.
The "Laws of Áed Eochaid's son" are mentioned by the
Chronicle of the Kings of Albain the reign of Áed's supposed great-grandson Donald MacAlpin (Domnall mac Ailpín): "In his time the Gaelswith their king made the rights and laws of the kingdom [that are called the laws] of Áed Eochaid's son, in Forteviot." What these laws concerned is not known.
"For primary sources, see also" External links "below"
* Anderson, Alan Orr, "Early Sources of Scottish History A.D 500–1286", volume 1. Reprinted with corrections. Paul Watkins, Stamford, 1990. ISBN 1-871615-03-8
* Bannerman, John, "The Scottish Takeover of Pictland" in
Dauvit Broun& Thomas Owen Clancy(eds.) "Spes Scotorum: Hope of Scots. Saint Columba, Iona and Scotland." T & T Clark, Edinburgh, 1999. ISBN 0-567-08682-2
* Broun, Dauvit, "The Irish Identity of the Kingdom of the Scots." Boydell, Woodbridge, 1999. ISBN 0-85115-375-5
* Broun, Dauvit, "Pictish Kings 761–839: Integration with Dál Riata or Separate Development" in Sally M. Foster (ed.), "The St Andrews Sarcophagus: A Pictish masterpiece and its international connections." Four Courts, Dublin, 1998. ISBN 1-85182-414-6
* [http://celt.ucc.ie/index.html CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts] at [http://www.ucc.ie/ University College Cork]
**The Corpus of Electronic Texts includes the "Annals of Ulster", "Tigernach", "the Four Masters" and "Innisfallen", the "Chronicon Scotorum", the "Lebor Bretnach" (which includes the "Duan Albanach"), Genealogies, and various Saints' Lives. Most are translated into English, or translations are in progress
* [http://historical.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/cul.cdl/docviewer?did=cdl360 "Annals of Clonmacnoise"] at [http://historical.library.cornell.edu/cdl/index.html Cornell]
* [http://www.arts.ed.ac.uk/scothist/booklets/sh1/documents-alba.html The Chronicle of the Kings of Alba]
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