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FERGUS Mor mac Erca

FERGUS Mor MacERCA. (Fergus Mór mac Eirc)(Scottish Gaelic: Fergus Mòr Mac Earca) (Mac Nisse Mór)(Fearghus mac Erc, Fergus I of Dalriada). King of the Scots. King of Dalriada (Dál Riata). Established an Irish kingdom of Dalriada in Argyle, Scotland. (S4). Fergus = "man of power" (S6).
Born in (430)(about 490); son of Erca son of Eochaidh (Erc Mac Echach), and grandson of Eochaid Muinremur King of Dalriada. (S3, S4, S5, S6).

Late Scottish historians confused Erp or Erc mac Drust [son of Drust] with Erc the [mother] of Fearghus. Fearghus mac Erc reigned from 513-529. This was about a century after Drust mac Erp (or Erc). The two Ercs are not the same person. This is clearly proved by all early Scottish historians. (S5).

The Senchus (S9) and the Duan (S10) name Fergus's father as Erc son of Eochaid Muinremuir. A Middle Irish genealogy of the kings of Alba gives an extensive genealogy for Fergus: [Fergus] m. h-Eircc m. Echdach Muinremuir m. Óengusa Fir m. Feideilmid m. Óengusa m. Feideilmid m. Cormaicc, and a further forty-six generations here omitted. (S3).

His father is also said to be Muiredach. (S4). This is also indicated by S11: ...long after Niall, six sons of Muireadhach son of Eoghan, son of Niall, went to Alba, namely, two Lodharns, two Aonghuses, and two Fearghuses. (S11).

Some have thus equated Erc to be the same as Muiredach, but the lineages for each are not the same.

According to Geoffrey Keating (S8), Hector Boetius, in his history of Scotland, enumerates thirty-nine kings tohave ruled over Scotland before this Feargus, yet, according to the ancient record, there was not any king of the Scotic race in Scotland before him: and it is not true for him where he says that it is Feargus, son of Fearchar, king of Ireland, who was the first king of Scotland of the Scotic race, for there never was a king of Ireland named Fearchar, and so Feargus, son of Fearchar, was not king of Scotland, as Hector Boetius says. (S8).

The historical record consists of an entry in the Annals of Tigernach, for the year 501, which states: Feargus Mor mac Earca cum gente Dal Riada partem Britaniae tenuit, et ibi mortuus est. (Fergus Mór mac Eirc, with the people of Dál Riata, held part of Britain, and he died there.) However, the forms of Fergus, Erc and Dál Riata are later ones, written down long after the 6th century. The record in the Annals has given rise to theories of invasions of Argyll from Ireland, but these are not considered authentic. (S3).

Fergus is also found in the king lists of Dál Riata, and later of Scotland, of which the Senchus Fer n-Alban (S9) and the Duan Albanach (S10) can be taken as examples. The Senchus states that Fergus Mór was also known as Mac Nisse Mór. These sources probably date from the 10th and 11th centuries respectively, between 30 and 40 generations after Fergus may have lived. (S3).

Buchanan's king, James VI, shared the scholar's view of the origins of his line, describing himself in one of many verses written to his wife Anne of Denmark, as the "happie Monarch sprung of Ferguse race". Nor was James VI the last ruler to share this belief. The Great Gallery of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh was decorated with eighty-nine of Jacob de Wet's portraits of Scottish monarchs, from Fergus to Charles II, produced to the order of James's grandson. (S3). St Patrick (died 461) visited Erc's courts and prophesied that Fergus would be the father of a nation. (S6). Annals record his father's death in 474. (S6).

Andrew of Wyntoun's early 15th century Orygynale Cronykil of Scotland says that Fergus was the first Scot to rule in Scotland, and that Cináed mac Ailpín was his descendant. In addition, he writes that Fergus brought the Stone of Scone with him from Ireland, that he was succeeded by a son named Dúngal. A list of kings follows which is corrupt but bears some relation to those found in earlier sources. (S3). Fergus and his brothers Angus and Loarn, all sons of Erc, came from the Dal Riata homeland of Fergus in Ulster, northern Ireland to Alba, the western headlands of Scotland and the territories of the native Picts, Irish Gaelic settlers, around 498. (S6,S7).

Fergus took Argyll and Kintyre, Loarn took the northern area around Loch Linnhe and Glencoe, Angus took the island of Islay. (S6).

Fergus supposedly brought with him the Stone of Destiny, the stone on which all high kings had been ordained at Tara for centuries. (S6).

At the end of the 16th century George Buchanan in his Rerum Scoticarum Historia added much, generally following John of Fordun. In this version, the Scots had been expelled from Scotland when the Romans under Maximus conquered all of Britain. His father Eugenius had been killed by the Romans, and Fergus, Fergusius II according to Buchanan's count, was raised in exile in Scandinavia. He later fought with the Franks, before eventually returning to Scotland and reconquering the Scottish lands. He was killed in battle against Durstus, king of the Picts, and was succeeded by his son Eugenius. (S3). In two particulars at least, none of the early writers have disagreed: that in the year (498-S?)(503-S5) an invasion of Caledonia took place under the leadership of Fergus mac Erc, and that he and his followers had come to stay. (S5). Fergus, with five of his brothers, went into Scotland with a complete army to assist his grandfather, Loam (Loarn), King of Dalraida, to overcome his enemies, the Picts. Upon Laom’s death, Fergus was elected king, and became the first absolute Monarch of all Scotland.

In AD 498, Fergus Mor Mac Earca, in the twentieth year of the reign of his father, Muredach, son of (Eugenius, or ) Foghat Owen, son Niall of the Nine Hostages, with five more of his brothers; another Fergus, two more named Loarn, and two named Aeneas, with a complete army, went into Scotland to assist his grandfather Loarn Loam), who was a King of Dalriada, and who was much oppressed by his enemies the Picts, who were vanquished in several battles and engagements and overcome by Fergus and his party. (S?).

Ruled Dal Riata circa 498-501. (S6).

He became the first King of Scotland, and is sometimes called the father of Scotland.
Founder of the Dal Riatan dynasty of Argyll and Kintyre. (S6).

He (acceded about 490)(from about 500-501-S?)( (he reigned 513-529-S5) as the 131st Monarch of Ireland.

Upon the king's death, which happened about the same time, Fergus was unanimously elected and chosen king, as being the Blood Royal, by his mother; and Fergus was the first absolute king of Scotland, of the Meilesian Race: so the succession continued in his blood and lineage ever since to this day.

In the early middle ages, Scotland consisted of four separate kingdoms, Dalriada, inhabited by Scots, Strathclyde, inhabited by Britons, The Kingdom of the Picts and Northumbria, inhabited by Angles. Scottish and Pictish families began intermarrying in the eighth century, and their kingdoms were often ruled by the same king. The monarchy of Scotland evolved from this union, known as the Kingdom of Alba. By the late ninth century, the Kingdom of Alba began absorbing the kingdoms of the Britons and the Angles. Thus, through intermarriage and conquest, the Scottish Kings of Dalriada emerged as the overall Kings of Scotland. The Scots of Dalriada claimed a legendary antiquity beginning with Gaythelos, son of the King of Greece who went to Egypt during the time of Moses where he married the eponymous Scoti, daughter of the Pharaoh. Gaytholos, Scoti and their family emigrated to Spain and eventually several groups of their decendents emigrated to Ireland; the final group under Simon Brek, whose grandson led a colony from Ireland to Northern Briton and named it Scotia. In the year 330 BC, these Scots elected as their King , Fergus, son of Fererd; they remained in Scotland until 360AD when they were driven back to Ireland by the Pics and Britons. In the 5th century, they returned to Scotia under the leadership of Fergus, son of Erc. (S12).

He was killed (in 501-S?) A.D.


CHILDREN of FERGUS Mor cac Erca:
  1. DOMANGART I of Dalraida. [Chart A7], [Chart A30]. (Donart, Domangart Reti macFergusso, Dongard I, Domangart of Dalriada). King of the Scots. He married Fedelmia Foltchain. He died in 505-506 A.D.
  2. Dúngal. [Is this the same as Domangart?].
  3. Eugenius.



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	MALCOLM III Caenmore (A.D.1055-1093) md. Margarethe of England
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Marion SEATON (1528-1567).  md. John GRAHAM                  John Dunham III md Benedict Folgamsee
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William CAHOONE  md. (2) Elizabeth VAUGHAN                   Barnabus Hamblin.  He married Mary Bassett.
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Peter Mack ELLIOTT  md. Charlotte ALVORD                     Ella Ann Hamblin = Warren Moroni Tenney
Harriett Louisa ELLIOTT  md. James Newberry MORRIS           Clive Vernon Tenney = Minnie Williams
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Rodney Allen MORRIS           --       married     --     Deborah Lee Handy