Áed Find, King of Dalriada

Is your surname mac Echdach?

Research the mac Echdach family

Áed Find, King of Dalriada's Geni Profile

Records for Áed Find mac Echdach

6,247 Records

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Áed Find mac Echdach, Rí na Dál Riata

Also Known As: "Aodh Fionn", "Hugh", "10975"
Birthplace: Argyll, Scotland
Death: Died in Kincardineshire, Scotland
Place of Burial: Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Eochaid mac Echdach, Rí na Dál Riata and N.N.
Husband of NN NN
Father of FNU (Ruler of Argyll) Eacime; Erth mac Aed Find; Conall . mac Aed Find; Guitham mac Aed Find; Ethendre mac Findain and 2 others
Brother of Fergus Mor mac Echdach, Rí na Dál Riata
Half brother of Urgusa and Ungust King of Picts

Occupation: King of Dál Riata, King of Daldriada
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About Áed Find, King of Dalriada


Domnall Brecc => Domangart mac Domnaill => Eochaid mac Domangairt => Eochaid mac Eochaid => Áed Find mac Eochaid => Eochaid mac Áeda Find => Alpín mac Eochaid => Cináed mac Ailpín

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 Brecc in the main line of Cenél nGabráin kings.

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 Find and 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.

The Annals of Ulster in 768 report "Bellum i Fortrinn iter Aedh & Cinaedh": a battle in Fortriu between Áed and Cináed. This is usually read as meaning Áed Find and the Pictish king Ciniod I, 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 Leinster and 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 Alba in the reign of Áed's supposed great-grandson Donald MacAlpin (Domnall mac Ailpín): "In his time the Gaels with 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 refbegin

  • 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


External links

Called Aedh Fionn, the White.

Re-established independence from Pictish overlordship, and the kingship of Dal Riata, when the Picts were defeated by the Strathclyde British in 750.

Succeeded in Kingship by his brother Fergus.

768: at war with Picts

Aed Find "the White", King of Dalriada, d. 771

Father: Eugene VII, King of Dalriada, d. 727, He became King of Dalriada, ca. 726 in Dungad, Scotland

Mother: Spondan

His Gaelic name was Aodh Airgneach.

Spouse: Fergina



Eochaidh "the Poisonous", King of Dalriada, m. Urgusia, d. 819

view all 25

Áed Find, King of Dalriada's Timeline

Argyll, Scotland
Age 5
Aid (Aedh) of Argyll FINN (King of Dalridia)
Age 5
Aid (Aedh) of Argyll FINN (King of Dalridia)
Age 8
- 778
Age 23
King of Dalriada
Age 35
Argyll, Scotland
Age 53
Kincardineshire, Scotland
Age 53