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Domhnall Brecc "the Speckled" mac Eochaid, Rí na Dál Riata

Also Known As: "the Speckled", ""The Speckled"", "King Donald I of /Dalriada/", "The Speckled", "Donald /Breac/", "King of Scotland", "Domnall /Brecc/", "The Speckeled"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Dalraida, Argyll, Scotland
Death: Died in Scotland
Cause of death: Died in Battle at Strathcarron, Scotland
Place of Burial: Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Eochaid Buide mac Aidan, Rí na Dál Riata and Wife of Eochaidh Queen of Scotland
Husband of Mrs. Donald Queen of Scotland; Ingen Gwid MacBrude and Princess of Bernicia, Wife of Domhnall
Father of Derile Macdomhnall; Drust I Mac Donuel; Garnard (Entfidich) Gartnaich King of the Picts; Derile; Malduin Malduinus and 8 others
Brother of Fricar; Conall Cerr Crandomna, Ancestor of the Fife Men; Failbe Mac EOCHAID BUID; Cu Cen Mathair Mac EOCHAID BUID; Morgan and 1 other

Occupation: King of Scots, Killed In Battle Of Strathcarron. His Gaelic name was Domnall Brece (the Frekled) or Donal Breacc (the Speckled)., King, Roi de Dalriada de 626 à 642, King of Dál Riata, in modern Scotland, about 629 until 642., Royalty, Roi des Pictes
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About Domhnall Brecc "the Speckled" mac Eochaid, Rí na Dál Riata

Dongart, King Of Scotland

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Notes

Killed at the battle of Strathcarron. He apparently is the last king of Dalriada known to early Welsh tradition.

Source: 'Ancestrial Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England between 1623 and 1650', 1969, Frederick Lewis Weis, p 110.

-------------------- Donald IV, King of Dalriada, d. 642 in Strathcarron, Scotland, He became King of Dalriada, ca. 629 in Dungad, Scotland, lost Irish Dalriada 637

Father: Eugene IV, King of Dalriada, d. 630, He became King of Dalriada, ca. 608 in Dungad, Scotland

His Gaelic name was Domnall Brece (the Frekled) or Donal Breacc (the Speckled).

Children:

Dongard, d. 673

-------------------- King of Dal Riata, Scots

Based on merged profiles,

Born circa 590, 598 or 600

Died circa 642, 643 or 673 at the Battle of Strathcarron -SPF -------------------- Domnall Brecc died at the Battle of Strathcarron around 642. -------------------- Domnall Brecc ("the Speckled") MAC ECHACH King of Dál Riata (629-642) 5386

   * Born: 595
   * Died: 642, Strathcarron, Inverness, Scotland

Spouses/Children:

INGEN GWID Pictish princess

   * Domangart II MAC DOMNAILL King of Dál Riata+
   * Cathasach MAC DOMNAILL
  General Notes:
   He first appears in 622, when the Annals of Tigernach report his presence at the battle of Cend Delgthen (probably in Meath) as an ally of Conall Guthbinn of Clann Cholmáin. This is the only battle known where Domnall Brecc fought on the winning side.
   Domnall suffered four defeats after he broke Dál Riata's alliance with the Cenél Conaill clan of the Uí Néill. In Ireland, Domnall and his ally Congal Cáech of the Dál nAraidi were defeated by Domnall mac Áedo of the Cenél Conaill, the High King of Ireland, at the Battle of Mag Rath (Moira, County Down) in 637. He also lost to the Picts in 635 and 638 and lastly to Eugein I of Alt Clut at Strathcarron in 642, where he was killed. 5387 
  Marriage Information:
   Domnall married INGEN GWID Pictish princess, daughter of Gwid MAC BRUDE and INGEN UERB.

-------------------- Notes for Domnall Brecc Of Argyll King Of Dal Riata

Weis' "Ancestral Roots. . ." (170:7).

the following is taken from an Internet posting of Michael R. Davidson of Edinburgh. Scotland, on 23 Oct 1995:

Domnall Brecc mac Eochaid Buid

Domnall Brecc succeeded to the kingship in 629, when his predecessor and distant relative Connad Cerr was killed in Ireland after a three month reign. Domnall was either incompetent, unlucky or both; he never won a battle. His first defeat came in 635 in a battle which was possibly against the Picts. In 637 he was defeated at the battle of Mag Rath in Ireland, and from this point on the kings of Dal Riata completely lost control of their Irish possessions. It was probably about this point that Domnall was demoted to the position of joint king with his third cousin Ferchar, son of Connad Cerr. Domnall was defeated yet again, possibly by the Picts, in 638. He finally met his death in 642, at the hands of the Britons of Strathclyde, and his death was triumphantly recorded in one rescension of _Y Goddodin_, a famous seventh-century Old Welsh poem. He was succeeded by his joint king Ferchar. The _Senchus_ fails from this point on, so far fewer names of children are recorded. Children:

1. Cathusach, died 650.

2. *Domangart.

http://www.southing.net/BondFam019%20Web%20Cards/PS02/PS02_127.HTM -------------------- King of Dál Riata, ca. 633-ca. 643.

If we follow the annals, it would seem that in about 633, Domnall became king of Dál Riata in succession to Connad Cerr, who had reigned briefly after Domnall's father Eochu Buide (d. ca. 632). However, the king lists interpose the reign of Ferchar (stated to be a son of Connad Cerr) in between Connad Cerr and Domnall, reigning supposedly for 16 years [Duan Albanach, 131; Poppleton MS and Lists "D", "F", and "K", KKES, 253, 265, 270, 286 (or 21 years, according to List "I", KKES, 281)]. Most of the same sources give Domnall a 14 year reign [except, List "I", 4 years, and list "D" where Domnall is missing; List "K" interposes a second Ferchar, who appears after Domnall in the other lists]. Since the death of Ferchar mac Connaid Cirr is not recorded until ca. 694 ["Mors Fercair m. Connaeth Cirr." AU (s.a. 693)], and there is not room for thirty years of reigns between the deaths of Eochu and Domnall, there is a problem here with the king lists. Domnall lost his life in about 643 at the Battle of Strathcarron, killed by Owen, king of Strathclyde ["Postea Domnall Brecc in bello Sraith Cairuin in fine anni in Decembri interfectus est ab Hoan rege Britonum annis .xu. regnauit." AU (s.a. 641); "Postea Domnall Brecc i cath Sratha Caruín in fine anní in Decimpre interfectus est. quinto decimo anno regní suí ab Ohan reghe Britonum." AT 17: 186]. Domnall's reign was considered a disaster by Cummíne, abbot of Iona (ca. 656-ca. 669). For Domnall's reign, see Bannerman (1974), 99-103. A curious entry in the Annals of Ulster, immediately following the account of the famous Battle of Nechtansmere, gives what appears to be a duplicate obituary for Domnall, misplaced by more than forty years ["Talorgg m. Acithaen & Domnall Brecc m. Echach mortui sunt." AU (s.a. 685)]. Because of this entry, Marjorie Anderson has suggested that the obituary of Ferchar has been displaced by a similar amount [KKES 110, 228].

-------------------- From http://www.rpi.edu/~holmes/Hobbies/Genealogy/ps05/ps05_457.htm

Donald died in the Battle of Straith-cairmaic. "Breck" means "speckled". He was a noted promoter of Christianity.{Cf. "The Age of Arthur," John Morris (Scribner's, 1973, pp.183-4).} Donald I reigned 592-642. -------------------- SOURCES:

1) GENEALOGY: Royal Ancestors of Magna Charta Barons; Page 228; G929.72;

C6943ra; Denver Public Library; Genealogy

Donald I Breac, King of Scots 629-42, was killed in Battle of

Straith-Cairmaic in December 642

2) GENEALOGY: Royal Ancestors of Magna Charta Barons; Page; 226; G929.72;

C6943ra; Denver Public Library; Genealogy -------------------- Apparently the last king of Dalraiada known to early Welsh tradition [Ref: Weis AR7 #170]

succeeded to the kingship in 629, when his predecessor and distant relative Connad Cerr was killed in Ireland after a three month reign [Ref: Michael Davidson SGM 10/23/1995-115700]

either incompetent, unlucky, or both; he never won a battle [Ref: Michael Davidson SGM 10/23/1995-115700]

635: lost a battle which was possibly against the Picts [Ref: Michael Davidson SGM 10/23/1995-115700]

637: he was defeated at the battle of Mag Rath in Ireland, and from this point on the kings of Dal Riata completely lost control of their possessions [Ref: Michael Davidson SGM 10/23/1995-115700]

about 637: demoted to position of joint king with his third cousin Ferchar, son of Connad Cerr. [Ref: Michael Davidson SGM 10/23/1995-115700]

killed in battle against Britons at Strathcarron [Ref: Moncreiffe RoyalAnc p20]

killed at the battle of Strathcarron [Ref: Weis AR7 #170]

his death was triumphantly recorded in one rescension of 'Y Goddodin,' a famous seventh-century Old Welsh poem [Ref: Michael Davidson SGM 10/23/1995-115700]

succeeded by his joint king Ferchar [Ref: Michael Davidson SGM 10/23/1995-115700]

-------------------- Died in the Scottish Highlands during the Battle of Strathcarron. -------------------- Possibly same as Domhnall Breac --------------------

Eochaid Buide, King of Picts and of Dalriada Educated by St. Columba; succeeded his father after his older brothers had all been killed. He died in 629.
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Domhnall Brecc "the Speckled" mac Eochaid, Rí na Dál Riata's Timeline

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Argyll, Scotland
614
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630
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Argyll, Scotland
630
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Scotland
630
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Scotland?
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633
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636
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King of, Scotland, and, Northumberland
636
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King of, Scotland, and, Northumberland
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Age 36
King of, Scotland, and, Northumberland
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Scotland