Áedán mac Gabráin was a king of Dál Riata from circa 574 until circa
609. The kingdom of Dál Riata was situated in modern Argyll and Bute,
Scotland, and parts of County Antrim, Ireland. Genealogies record that
Áedán was a son of Gabrán mac Domangairt. He was a contemporary of
Saint Columba, and much that is recorded of his life comes from
hagiography such as Adomnán of Iona's Life of Saint Columba. Other
sources include Bede's Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum and Irish
annals; none of the sources are contemporary. Áedán appears as a
character in Old Irish and Middle Irish language works of prose and
verse, some now lost. Áedán also appears in some Welsh sources, making
him one of the few non-Britons to figure in Welsh tradition. The Irish
annals record his campaigns against his neighbours, in Ireland, and in
northern Britain, including expeditions to the Orkney Islands, the Isle
of Man, and the east coast of Scotland. As recorded by Bede, Áedán was
decisively defeated by Æthelfrith of Bernicia at the Battle of
Degsastan. Áedán may have been deposed, or have abdicated, following
this defeat, and the annals report nothing of him until his death around
six years later.
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