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Eochaid mac Echach

Eochaid mac Echach. (Eochaidh MacEchdach)(Eochaidh III Macechdach)(Eochaid III).
Born about 680 AD, of Argyll; son of Eochu ua Domnaill.

King of Dál Riata, 726-733. Probably also king of Dál nAraide, 727-733.

Eochaid began to reign in Dál Riata in 726 after the expulsion of king Dúngal mac Selbaig ["Dungal de reghno iectus est, ..." AT 17: 232; "Eochaid mac Eachach regnaire incipit." AT 17: 232 (several entries later)]. He is evidently the Eochaid mac Echach who appears on the king list of Dál nAraide (also called the Cruithne, a sept neighboring the Dál Riata of Ireland) at this time, presumably becoming king there on the killing of Dub dá Inber mac Congalaig in 727 ["Dub Da Inber m. Congalaig, rex Cruithne, iugulatus est." AU 727 (s.a. 726)].

In that year he apparently also had a confrontation with Dúngal's father Selbach (d. 730), the former king of Dál Riata who had retired to a monastery in 723 ["Congressio Irrois Foichne ubi quidam ceciderunt dendibh Airgiallaib inter Selbacham & familiam Echdach nepotis Domnaill." (The encounter of Irros Foichnae between Selbach and the 'family' of Echaid, grandson of Domnall, in which some of the Airgialla fell.) AU 727 (s.a. 726)].

Eochaid died in 733 AD.

CHILDREN of Eochaid mac Echach:
  1. Áed Find. (Ethafind, Edhfind, Edh Find, Aedfind, Aedhfind, Aodh Fionn, The White) Born about 718-725. King of Dál Riata. He died in 778.
  2. Fergus mac Echdach. (probable), d. 781, king of Dál Riata, 778-781. ["... & Fergus m. Ecach ri Dal Riati, omnes defuncti sunt." AU 781 (s.a. 780)] The immediate descendants of Fergus dominated Scottish politics from the 780's until the 830's, followed by the prominence of Cináed (Kenneth) mac Alpín (great-grandson of Áed Find) and his descendants. The principal evidence for placing Fergus as a son of Eochaid is the patronymic of Fergus in the annals, which, however, gives the father's name as Eochu rather than Eochaid. (See below on the distinction between these two names.) Among known men named Eochu/Eochaid in the royal dynasty of Dál Riata, only the present Eochaid makes a chronologically suitable candidate as the father of Fergus. While the connection is probable (given the common confusion between the two names), it is hard to rule out the possibility that Fergus was the son of an otherwise unknown Eochu. This case is typical of the difficulty of identifying parents based mainly on a patronymic.


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