Aedh (MacAlpin) of Scotland

Aedh (MacAlpin) of Scotland (abt. 0838 - abt. 0878)

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Aedh "Whitefoot, Aodh, Hugh, King of Scotland" of Scotland formerly MacAlpin aka mac Cináeda
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[spouse(s) unknown]
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Died about in Strathallan, Scotlandmap
Profile last modified | Created 4 Jul 2012 | Last significant change: 14 Nov 2018
16:35: Michael Thomas edited the Biography for Aedh (MacAlpin) of Scotland (abt.0838-abt.0878). [Thank Michael for this]
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Preceded by
Constantine I
King of the Picts
877 - 878
Succeeded by
Eochaid I



Aedh. Aed. Aodh. Heth. The Wing-footed. Assassinated. More or less. The first of Alpin's line so abused. Not the last.

Winters had been milder. Crops prospered. The Plague had faded for a time. Scotland had some relief from the Norsemen. It wasn't entirely unmolested, but many of the Viking bands deployed southward. In England, King Edward, the magnificent son of Alfred the Great, in alliance with his brother-in-law, Ethelred of Mercia, pounded the Norsemen in victory after victory and the Viking warlords pleaded for reinforcements from their kinsmen in Alba. The easier days in Scotland didn't mean an easy reign for Aedh. His nephew Eocha(Eochaid,Eochus) had lethal ambitions and with his ally Giric (Cyric)plotted the end of Aedh. The king met his rebellious kinsmen at Strathallan in 878, in a brief, savage battle.

The king was wounded mortally. Some sources say he was carried off a captive and died two months later. Others find this unlikely. For a still-living Aedh, having loyal kinsmen and servants, could be rescued and restored to power. That he died two months after the battle is widely accepted. Did he suffer the horror of a slow death from infection or gangrene, or did he die sooner and his death was kept secret for a time?

for more on Aedh, read Scotland Under Her Early Kings for free at (written for wikitree by Catherine Evans)

Aedh's birth date is an estimate based on the birth date of his son, Doir.


Name: Aedh (Hugh) "Whitefoot" /Scotland/
Given Name: Aedh (Hugh) "Whitefoot"
Surname: Scotland
Name Suffix: [King of]
Nickname: Whitefoot
Name: Aed 'Whitefoot' Aodh mac Choinnich, MacAlpin 4th King of Scots
Name: Aedh /of SCOTLAND/
Source: #S994


Birth: 838


Burial: Iona, Argyllshire


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On 19 Jun 2015 at 12:19 GMT Marty (Lenover) Acks wrote:

Mac Cináeda-9 and MacAlpin-28 appear to represent the same person because: Same person, same father, same son

Aedh is 36 degrees from Rosa Parks, 31 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 25 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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