Eochaid mac Echdach, Rí na Dál Riata (c.695 - 733) MP

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Birthplace: Dunolly Castle, Argyllshire, Dalriada/Scotland
Death: Died in Dunadd, Argyllshire, Dalriada/Scotland
Occupation: King of Dál Riata (726-733)
Managed by: Jocelynn Elaine Oakes
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About Eochaid mac Echdach, Rí na Dál Riata

Eochaid III mac Eochaid of Argyll, King of Dál Riata.

Scotland was not yet one kingdom, the Picts and the Irish kingdom of Dal Riada were fighting for power.

King of Dal Riata Based on merged profiles, Born circa 695 or 696 -SPF

Notes

for Eochaidh III Of Argyll King Of Dal Riata the following is taken from an Internet posting of Michael R. Davidson of Edinburgh. Scotland, on 23 Oct 1995: Eochaid mac Eochaid Eochaid became king of Dal Riata in 726, when his Cenel Loairn predecessor was 'ousted from the kingship'. He survived a Cenel Loairn attack on his authority in 727, led by Selbach son of Ferchar Fota, and managed to hold his position without challenge until his death in 733. Following Eochaid's death, it appears that the kingship was shared between his brother Alpin, and Muiredach, the Cenel Loairn claimant, until Dal Riata was subjugated by Oengus, king of the Picts, in 736.

Children: 1. *Aed Find.

2. Fergus, succeeded to the kingship upon his brother's death in 778, died in 781, and was succeeded by Domnall son of Constantine, of unknown ancestry.

O'Hart & Turton call him king of Dalriada & Kintyre.

http://www.southing.net/BondFam019%20Web%20Cards/PS02/PS02_124.HTM

From http://www.rpi.edu/~holmes/Hobbies/Genealogy/ps10/ps10_329.htm

The system of succession to kingship amongst the Scots differed from the one we follow today. Now, our monarchs are chosen by a hereditary system known as primogeniture: generally, the eldest son of a deceased king succeeds to the throne. Primogeniture is relatively straightforward, but has the disadvantage of sometimes resulting in minorities, which occur whenever the heir to the throne is too young to fulfil his duties. A regency has to be established until the king comes of age, and this often produces political instability. The Scots, in contrast, followed the Celtic law of tanistry. Tanistry requires that a brother or cousin of the king be nominated by him as his successor. Thus, the throne tends to pass between different branches of the royal family. The advantage of this system is that there is always a mature king on the throne. The disadvantage, as the Scots learned throughout their history, is that it sometimes leads to assassination and to warfare between competing claimants to the throne. Amongst the kings of Dalriada, the succession alternated between the descendants of Erc, with those of Fergus dominating. In fact, after Loarn, the kingship did not pass to this branch of the family until Ferchar Fota, who died in 697. Two sons, and then two grandsons of Ferchar Fota came to the throne, but after this it remained firmly in the hands of the descendants of Fergus. At the time of Ferchar Fota's reign, Dalriada was a weakened kingdom; the throne was fleetingly held by the various claimants, and the Scots were dominated by the Picts. Only Selbach of the Tribe of Loarn had a long reign of twenty-three years.

Eugene V, King of Dalriada, d. ca. 697, He became King of Dalraida, ca. 696 in Dungad, Scotland

Father: Dongard, d. 673 His name in Gaelic was Eochaidh "Crook Nose". Children: Eugene VII, King of Dalriada, m. Spondan, d. 727, He became King of Dalriada, ca. 726 in Dungad, Scotland

The migration of the Dalriada to the West of Scotland

Around the 5th Century, the Dal Riata emigrated from the modern day Antrim to the West of Scotland. After a few skirmishes, they setled in the region and established their power base at Dunadd in Argyle.

The first recorded King of Dalriada was Fergus Mor. He was the grandson of the Irish King of Dalriata Eochaid Muinreamhar. The name Eochaid or Eogan occurs regularly throughout the history of Dalriada until Alpin mac Eochaid fathered the first king of a united Scotland Kenneth mac Alpin who was the direct ancestor of our present day Royal Family.

The last King of Dalriada to also rule in Irish Dalriata was Eochaid III.

The Picts in Scotland inherited through the female line and males normally married into the royal line. A few of the Kings of Dalriada had married Pictish Princesses and this helped to unite the two Kingdoms. Eochaid I married the Pictish Princess Spondana and Kenneth's grandfather Eochaid IV 'The Venomous' married Unuistice or as she was otherwise known, Fergusa the Pictish Princess Royal. This marriage finally allowed Kenneth to become the first King of Scotland

Eochaid Angbaid III Argyll King of Scotland (Dalriada)-83244 [Parents] was born in 695 in Fionn, Scotland, Great Britain. He died in 733/735 in Fionn, Scotland, Great Britain. He married Mrs Mrs Eochaid Queen of Dalradia-83241 in 720 in Fionn, Scotland, Great Britain.

Mrs Mrs Eochaid Queen of Dalradia-83241 was born in 700 in Fionn, Scotland, Great Britain. She married Eochaid Angbaid III Argyll King of Scotland (Dalriada)-83244 in 720 in Fionn, Scotland, Great Britain.

They had the following children:

  M i Aodh (Aid,aed) I Hugh Fionn (Find) King of Scotland (Dalriada)-82481 was born in 725. He died in 778.  
  M ii Fergus (Urgust) MacEchach King of The Picts & Dalraida-83145 was born in 735. He died in 781.  

Eochaid_III (Eugenius) . Married Spondana , daughter of

        Garnard .  !GENEALOGY: Royal Ancestors of Magna Charta Barons;
        Page; 226; G929.72; C6943ra; Denver Public Library; Genealogy

             Children of Eochaid_III (Eugenius)  and Spondana :

           10       i   Aodh (Hugh) FIONN

Eochaid acceded the throne about 731 and died about 733.

SOURCES:

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

C6943ra; Denver Public Library; Genealogy

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

C6943ra; Denver Public Library; Genealogy -------------------- Eochaid II "Rianamhail", King of Dalriada Called Crooked Nose. He married Spondana of the Picts, daughter of Garnard, Pictish King. Eochaid II "Rianamhail", King of Dalriada died in 733 at Abernethy.

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Eochaid mac Echdach, Rí na Dál Riata's Timeline

695
695
Dunolly Castle, Argyllshire, Dalriada/Scotland
703
703
Age 8
704
704
Age 9
Eochaid III of ARGYLL (King of Dalriada)
704
Age 9
Eochaid III of ARGYLL (King of Dalriada)
721
721
- 733
Age 26
King of Dalriada
721
Age 26
Icolmkill, , , Scotland
725
725
Age 30
Argyll, Scotland
730
730
Age 35
733
733
Age 38
Dunadd, Argyllshire, Dalriada/Scotland
735
735
Age 38
Scotland