On 28/04/2010 8:39 AM, Bernard Morgan wrote:
> True, Cenn Faelad is most likely Congal:
I think that is extremely unlikey.
> AI 675.1 Guin Congail meicc Blaithmeicc i Tethba.
> AE 675.1 Cenn Faela mac Crunnmaeil meic Blathmaic ina dhegaid-sin ceithre bliadna.
> FA 675 Cath i n-Airchealtra, i t-torchair Ceannfaoladh mc. Cruinmhail, rí Eireann.
> AU 675.1 Bellum Cind Fhaeladh filii Blathmaic filii Aedho Slane in quo Cind Faeladh interfectus est.
> CS 675 Bellum Cindfaeladh meic Blaithmaic meic Aodha Slaine.
> AT 675.1 Cath for Cenn Faelad mac Blaithmic, maic Aeda Slaine, oc Tigh hui Maíne i n-Dail Cealtru
> M673.1 Iar m-beith ceithre bliadhna h-i righe n-Ereann do Cend Faoladh, mac Blaithmic, mic Diarmata
The odd one out here is the Annals of Inishfallen. As the editor of AI
suggests, 'Congail meic Blaithmeicc' there is almost certainly a scribal
error. That the entry in AI is not matched in the other annals shows that
it was not found in the contemporary entries of the 'Chronicle of Ireland'
on which the various annals were based.
>> There were three Aeds killed that year. The Annals of Tigernach
>> have Aed Sláne dying at Loch Semdige, Aed Buide (of Tethbae) dying at
>> Bruiden Da Choca, and Aed Rón of Uí Fhailgi dying on the green of mac Buain.
> I believe they died at the same battle?
I think that was the conclusion drawn by Keating, but he is very late (and
has them all dying at Bruiden Dá Choca). Usually if people are killed in
the one battle, that is expressly stated in the annals and they all appear
together in the one entry. Here there are three separate entries with no
express link between the events. So perhaps some of the deaths were part of
the same 'war' (or even as Keating thought 'on the same day'), but
apparently not in the same battle. Bruiden Da Choca is near Athlone,
whereas Loch Semdige (modern Loch Sunderlin) is near Ballymore (halfway
between Athlone and Mullingar).
In any event, the fact that two kings might die together in the same battle
does not indicate that they are the one person. If the entry recording the
three deaths was a contemporary one in the Chronicle of Ireland (as it
seems to have been given its later distribution in AU and the Clonmacnois
annals) it is unlikely that a single king would have been somehow
triplicated by error.