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Eochaid Buide mac Aidan, Rí na Dál Riata

Also Known As: "10981"
Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Scotland, United Kingdom
Death: circa 630 (61-69)
Scotland, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Áedán mac Gabráin, Rí na Dál Riata and Domelch o Gwynedd verch Maelgwyn
Father of Donald the Speckled mac Eochaid, king of Dalriada; Conall Cerr Crandomna, Ancestor of the Fife Men; Failbe Mac EOCHAID BUID; Cu Cen Mathair Mac EOCHAID BUID and Fergus Goll, Ancestor of the Gowrie Men
Brother of Domangart mac Áedán, Rí na Dál Riata; Conaing Macaedan; Bran Dál Riata; Gartnait Dál Riata; Baithéne Dál Riata and 2 others

Occupation: King of Daliadra, King of Dalriata, or Eochaid Buide mac Aidan, 1s King of Dalriada
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About Eochaid Buide mac Aidan, Rí na Dál Riata


Notes for Eochaidh I Buidhe Of Argyll King Of Dalriada

Weis' "Ancestral Roots. . ." (170:6). Also called king of the Picts.

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

Eochaid Buid mac Aedan

Eochaid succeeded to the kingship upon his father's death in 606. Adomnan's _Life of Columba_ notes that Columba, (correctly of course) prophesized the death of Eochaid's older brother's, and Eochaid's succession. Eochaid reign appears to have been quiet until the end, but in 627, the forces of Dal Riata, led by Eochaid's successor, Connad Cerr, were victorious in a battle in Ireland. Eochaid died in 629, and was succeeded by his second cousin Connad Cerr. The _Senchus_ records his eight sons.


1. *Domnall Brecc.

2. Domnall Dond.

3. Conall Crandomna, joint king of Dal Riata with Dunchad son of Duban

from 650 until his death in 660.

4. Conall Becc.

5. Connad Cerr.

6. Failbe, killed 629.

7. Domangart.

8. Cu-cen-mathair, died 604.


King of Picts, Scots and Dal Riata

Based on merged profiles,

Born circa 567 or 568

Died circa 629 or 630 -SPF

Eochaid Buide was king of Dál Riata from around 608 until 629. "Buide" refers to the colour yellow, as in the colour of his hair.

He was a younger son of Áedán mac Gabráin and became his father's chosen heir upon the death of his elder brothers. Adomnán's Life of Saint Columba has Columba foresee that Eochaid, then a child, will succeed his father in preference to his adult brothers Artúr, Eochaid Find and Domangart.

In the last two years of his reign, 627–629, Eochaid was apparently co-ruler with Connad Cerr, who predeceased him. Eochaid was followed by his son Domnall Brecc.

Eochaid's other sons named by the Senchus fer n-Alban are Conall Crandomna, Failbe (who died at the Battle of Fid Eoin), Cú-cen-máthair (whose death is reported in the Annals of Ulster for 604), Conall Bec, Connad or Conall Cerr (who may be the same person as Connad Cerr who died at Fid Eoin), Failbe, Domangart and Domnall Donn (not the same person as Domnall Donn unless his obituary is misplaced by 45 years like that of Ferchar mac Connaid)

According to the Fled Dúin na nGéd, Eochaid Buide was the grandfather of Congal Cáech. The story has anachronistic features as it has Eochaid alive at the time of the battle of Mag Rath (securely dated to within a year of 637), but it is chronologically feasible that Congal Cáech could have been the son of Eochaid's daughter if the identification of Cú-cen-máthair and the dating of his death is correct.


   * Adomnán, Life of St Columba, tr. & ed. Richard Sharpe. Penguin, London, 1995. ISBN 0-14-044462-9
   * 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, Studies in the History of Dalriada. Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh, 1974. ISBN 0-7011-2040-1

In addition to Domnall Brecc, Eochaid Buide had seven other sons: Domnall Dond, Conall Crandomna, Conall Becc Connad Cerr, Failbe, Domangart,and Cu-cen-Mathair.

From http://www.rpi.edu/~holmes/Hobbies/Genealogy/ps05/ps05_458.htm

Eochy I Buide reigned 608-629, The surname Boyd is said to derive from his name. He is also called King of the Picts.

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.

Eochu succeeded his father Áedán as king of Dál Riata in about 604. Adomnán, who states that he was one of Áedán's younger sons, and was chosen as Áedán's successor by St. Columba, refers to him by the similar name Eochaid ["Echodius autem Buide post patrem in regnum successit." Adomnán, 1, 9 (p. 33); see the page of Eochaid mac Echach for comments on the two names Eochu and Eochaid]. He was succeeded about 632 by Connad Cerr, who was probably his son (see below). The Duan Albanach, although it correctly places his reign between the reigns of Áedán and Connad Cerr, gives him an unbelievable 70 year reign [Duan Albanach, 131]. Most of the Latin Lists give him a 16 year reign [Poppleton MS, Lists "F", "I", "K", KKES, 253, 270, 281, 286; cf. 15 years in List "D", ibid, 264]. The number of years has apparently been corrupted at some point, but it is difficult to give a correction, because the chronology of the annals is especially troublesome during the same period.
Eugene IV, King of Dalriada, d. 630, He became King of Dalriada, ca. 608 in Dungad, Scotland

Father: Aedon, King of Dalriada, d. 608

His Gaelic name was Eochu Buide (the Fair).


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

Conal Cean Gamha, d. 659

Connad Cear, b. ca. 600

Eochaid Buidhe King of Scots (Dál Riata)

Date Place Source 

Born : Abt. 565 of Argyll -

Died : Abt. 629 Ruled 608-29 -

Age : 64

Ref. : 7542

Father Mother

Aidan macGabhran King of Scots (Dál Riata)

Marriage Children

? Abt. 595 - Domnall Brecc (Dongart) the King of Scots (Dál Riata)


Eochaid Buidhe King of Scots (Dál Riata)

Abt. 565

Abt. 629


Aidan macGabhran King of Scots (Dál Riata)

Abt. 532

17 Apr 608


Win-Family v.6.0 Webmaster -------- 02 Jan 2003

Eochaidh_I BUIDHE. Died 629. !GENEALOGY: Royal Ancestors of

        Magna Charta Barons; Page; 226; G929.72; C6943ra; Denver Public
        Library; Genealogy

             Children of Eochaidh_I BUIDHE and _____:

            6       i   Donald_I BREAC, d. Straith-Cairmaic


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

C6943ra; Denver Public Library; Genealogy

Eochaidh I Buidhe, King of Scots 608-29

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

C6943ra; Denver Public Library; Genealogy


608-629: King of Dal Riata [Ref: Tapsell Dynasties p180] King of Scots of Argyll, perhaps also maternally King of the Picts [Ref: Moncreiffe RoyalAnc p20]

younger son of Aedan, succeeded his father as his brothers had been killed [Ref: Weis AR7 #170]

succeeded to kingship upon his father's death in 606 [Ref: Michael Davidson SGM 10/23/1995-115700]

reign was quiet until the end [Ref: Michael Davidson SGM 10/23/1995-115700]

627: forces of Dal Riata, led by Eochaid's successor, Connad Cerr, were victorious in a battle in Ireland [Ref: Michael Davidson SGM 10/23/1995-115700]

succeeded by second cousin, Connad Cerr [Ref: Michael Davidson SGM 10/23/1995-115700]


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