Beli ap Nechtan, Brenin Alt Clut

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Beli ap Nechtan, Brenin Alt Clut

Also Known As: "Bili map Nechtan"
Birthplace: Strathclyde, Scotland
Death: after circa 580
Strathclyde, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Nechtan Mawr mac Gwyddno, Brenin Alt Clut
Husband of N.N. and N.N. verch Eanfrith
Father of N.N. ferch Beli; Owain ap Beli, King of Strathclyde and Bruide mac Beli, Rí na h'Alt Clut
Brother of Der Ilei

Occupation: King of Strathclyde, Roi de Fortrinn de 594 de 641, Roi de Strathclyde de 621 à 641, Roi, de Strathclyde
Managed by: Douglas John Nimmo
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About Beli ap Nechtan, Brenin Alt Clut

See Peter Bartrum, (February 6, 2023; Anne Brannen, curator)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: Anwn Dynod ap Maxen Wledig; (Steven Ferry, February 13, 2020.)

Please see Darrell Wolcott: Harleian Ms 3859; (Steven Ferry, June 11, 2021.)

Beli I was a ruler of Alt Clut, the Brittonic kingdom later known as Strathclyde, some time in the 7th century. Very little is known of him, but his family appears to have been very well connected in northern Britain.

The Harleian genealogies name Beli as the son of Neithon, his predecessor as king, and the father of Eugein I, his successor.[1] Beli map Neithon is probably identifiable as the Beli who was the father of Bridei III of the Picts, as the Elegy for Bruide mac Bili attributed to Adomnán calls Bridei mac rígh Ala Cluaithe ("son of the King of Alt Clut").[2][3] The Historia Brittonum says that Bridei was the fratruelis or maternal first cousin of Ecgfrith of Northumbria,[4] indicating that Beli's wife might have been of the Northumbrian nobility, though Bridei must have had some Pictish connection to become king of Fortriu.[2] The Annales Cambriae entry for 627 refers to the death of a certain Belin, who may be identified with Beli map Neithon.[2][5] He was certainly dead by 642, the year Irish sources record King Oan or Hoan of Alt Clut (apparently Beli's son Eugein) fighting the Battle of Strathcarron.[2]