Fergus Mór MAC EARCA of Dál-Riata, king in Alba
Domangart MAC FERGUS King of Dál-Riata (497-513)
Gabráin MAC DOMANGART rí Alban
(500-Between 558)


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1. Lluan of The House of Avallon, Princess of Brechin

Gabráin MAC DOMANGART rí Alban 15936

  • Born: 500
  • Married (1): Before 532 15936
  • Died: Between 558 and 560

   General Notes:

Gabrán mac Domangairt was king of Dál Riata in the middle of the 6th century. He is the eponymous ancestor of the Cenél nGabraín.... a kingroup which dominated the kingship of Dál Riata until the late 7th century and continued to provide kings thereafter. Kings of Alba and of Scotland traced their descent through Gabrán to his grandfather Fergus Mór, who was seen as the ultimate founder of the royal house as late as the 16th and 17th centuries, long after the Gaelic origins of the kingdom had ceased to have any real meaning.

The historical evidence for Gabrán is limited to the notice of his death in the Irish annals. It is possible that his death should be linked to a migration or flight from Bridei mac Maelchon, but this may be no more than coincidence.

Unlike the Cenél Loairn, the Senchus Fer n-Alban does not list any kindreds within the Cenél nGabraín. However, probable descendants of Gabrán, such as Dúnchad mac Conaing and his many kinsmen, would appear to have disputed the succession with the descendants of Eochaid Buide grandson of Gabrán, so that this absence of explicit segments in the kindred may be misleading. A genealogy of David I of Scotland in the Book of Ballymote notes the following divisions:

* After Áedán mac Gabráin, between the main line, called "the sons of Eochaid Buide" and "the children of Cináed mac Ailpín", and the "sons of Conaing"
* After Eochaid Buide, between the main line and the "children of Fergus Goll" and the "children of Connad Cerr ... or the men of Fife"
* After Eochaid mac Domangairt, between the main line and the Cenél Comgaill

The domain of the Cenél nGabraín appears to have been centred in Kintyre and Knapdale and may have included Arran, Jura and Gigha. The title king of Kintyre is used of a number of presumed kings of the Cenél nGabrain. Two probable royal sites are known, Dunadd, which lies at the northern edge of their presumed lands, and Aberte (or Dún Aberte), which is very likely the later Dunaverty on the headland beside Southend, Kintyre. 15937

   Marriage Information:

Gabráin married Lluan of The House of Avallon, Princess of Brechin, daughter of Brychan II AP BRYCHAN Prince of Manau Gododdin and Ingenach FERCH DYFNWAL Princess of Strathclyde, before 532 15936. (Lluan of The House of Avallon, Princess of Brechin was born about 510.)

   Marriage Information:

Gabráin also married Fedelm INGEN FEIDELMID, daughter of Fedelmid Findliath MAC COBTHAICH and Unknown.

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