Oops, I was about 40 years late with Fergus M/or mac Eirc (died c. 500).
According to Bannerman "in his person the Dalriadic dynasty removed from
Ireland to Scotland." Now I'm wondering, by "colony of Dal Raida" do you
mean Scottish Dalriada?
Donncha O/ Corra/in in his _Ireland before the Normans_ suggests that
the Ulaid were a particular tribe who ruled a confederation of kingdoms.
They were indeed pushed into the northeast of Ireland by the advancing
Ui/ N/eil -- though I wonder if part of their problem wasn't internal
dissension among their subject tribes. The other tribes in the northeast
i.e. the Dal Riata, the Dal nAraide and the Dal Fiatach were apparently
at one time subject to the Ulaid, but gained independence as the the power of
the Ulaid waned. It seems that the dynasty of the Dal Fiatach eventually
turned the tables and ruled over the Ulaid.
The clan that founded Scottish Dalriada may not have been Ulaid by
name, but they must have been pretty closely related to them.
University of Washington
On Mon, 16 May 1994, DENISE INGLIS wrote:
> Does anyone know the name of the clan who established the colony of Dal Raida?
> Would it have been the Ulaid, pushed north by the Ui/ Ne/ill? Also, does
> anyone know what made the Ui/ Ne/ill so powerful during this time (4th-5th
> Obviously, Ireland was experiencing a great deal of prosperity.