Dunnicaer Sea Stack

The siege of Dún Foither. Annals of Ulster, U681/U694. From the BBC: Archaeologists have uncovered a “very significant” Pictish fort after scaling a remote sea stack off the coast of Aberdeenshire. The team from the University of Aberdeen believe the ancient remains could be one of many along the coast south of Stonehaven. It is the […]

Mael Ísu Ua Brolcháin

Mael Ísu Ua Brolcháin, the sage of Erinn in wisdom and in piety, and in the poetry of either language, suum spiritum emisit. Annals of Loch Cé. Moyle Issa o’Brothloghann, the ealder and sage of Ireland was soe ingenious and witty, and withall soe well learned that he composed great volumes containing many great Misteryes and […]

Relics of Patrick

The relics of Patrick were enshrined sixty years after his death by Columcille. Three precious reliquaries were found in the tomb, sc. the Cup, the Angel’s Gospel, and the Bell of the Will. The angel directed Columcille to divide the three reliquaries thus: the Cup to Down, the Bell of the Will to Armagh, the […]

Dunadd in the Annals of Ulster

The siege of Dún At and the siege of Dún Duirn. – Annals of Ulster, U683. Aengus son of Fergus, king of the Picts, laid waste the territory of Dál Riata and seized Dún At and burned Creic and bound in chains two sons of Selbach, i.e. Donngal and Feradach; and shortly afterwards Bruide son of […]

The First Prey by the Saxons

The first prey by the Saxons from Ireland or in Ireland. — Annals of Ulster, U434.1. The Angles came to England. — Annals of Ulster, U464.2. The second prey of the Saxons from Ireland (as some state) was carried off this year, as Maucteus (Mochta) says. Thus I have found in the Book of Cuanu.  — Annals […]

Dunadd

Originally occupied in the Iron Age, the site later became a seat of the kings of Dál Riata. It is known for its stone carvings below the upper enclosure, including the imprint of a foot and a basin thought to have formed part of Dál Riata’s coronation ritual. On the same flat outcrop of rock is an incised boar in Pictish style, and an inscription […]

Tarbert Castle

In 712, Tarbert was burned by King Selbach mac Ferchair of Cenél Loairn and of Dál Riata and in 731 by his son, Dúngal mac Selbaig, the latter event being recorded in the Annals of Ulster: The burning of Tairpert Boitir by Dúngal. — Annals of Ulster, U731.4. King Edward II of England transferred control of the castle to the Scottish King John II de Balliol in 1292. […]

Rex Quondam, Rexque Futurus

Death of Uther Pendragon, king of England, to whom succeeded his son, King Arthur, who instituted the Round Table. [Bas Oiter Pendragen regis Anglie cui sucsessit filius suus, .i. Cingh Arrtur, .i. do orrdaig an bord cruinn.] — Annals of Ulster, U467.3.

Theft of the Book of Kells

The theft (and eventual recovery less its golden cover) of the Book of Kells is recorded in the Annals of Ulster under the year A.D. 1007. * * * The Great Gospel of Colum Cille was wickedly stolen by night from the western sacristy in the great stone church of Cenannas. It was the most […]

He Turned Not Himself from His Error of Faith

The king of the Saxons made accusation against the queen that she committed adultery and she was put to death through that and her head was taken off her and he turned not himself from his error of Faith. — Annals of Ulster, U1536.12. * * * The Gaelic Annals of Ulster record the execution of Anne […]

No Better Deed

Edward Bruce, the destroyer of Ireland in general, both Foreigners and Gaidhil, was killed by the Foreigners of Ireland by dint of fighting at Dun-Delgan.  And there were killed in his company Mac Ruaidhri, king of Insi-Gall [Hebrides] and Mac Domnaill, king of Airthir-Gaidhil [Argyll], together with slaughter of the Men of Scotland around him.  And […]

So They Compute in Their Chronicles

Patrick arrived in Ireland in the ninth year of the reign of Theodosius the Less and in the first year of the episcopate of Xistus, forty-second bishop of the Roman Church.  So Bede, Maxcellinus and Isidore compute in their chronicles. — Annals of Ulster, Year 432.