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View Tree for Muireadaigh III macEoghanMuireadaigh III macEoghan (b. Abt. 383, d. Bet. 480 - 489)

Muireadaigh III macEoghan (son of Éoghan Find macNiall Mor) was born Abt. 383, and died Bet. 480 - 489. He married Erca Ingen Loairn.

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King of Dal Riata until 474.

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Erc was king of Irish Dál Riata until 474. The Annals of the Four Masters imply Erc was the same person as Muiredach son of Eógan mac Néill son of Niall of the Nine Hostages, High King of Ireland at the end of the 5th century. Other reports imply he descended from an older royal family dating to Conaire Cóem in the 2nd century. Both possibilities remain viable.

Dál Riata began its separation from Ireland during Erc's reign. Its former provinces in Ireland, mostly in modern County Antrim, falling more in line with the High King of Ireland. Erc established his base in Scotland near the area called Argyll, which means 'coastline of the Gaels.'

Erc was probably the father of Fergus Mor, king of Dál Riata, though his immediate successor was Loarn, a kinsman who probably succeeded through the tanistry law. Assuming Erc was a member of Niall's family, he would also be of the Uí Néill royal line, as would be his descendants. This is supported by his son, Muirchertach mac Ercae becoming High King of Ireland in 504.

aka King Eiric


Children of Muireadaigh III macEoghan and Erca Ingen Loairn are:
  1. +Muircheartach Mor macMuireadaigh, d. Bet. 533 - 536.
  2. +Fergus Mor macMuireadaigh, b. Abt. 430, d. 501.
  3. +Loarn Mor macMuireadaigh, b., Northern Antrim, Ulster, Ireland, d. 474.
  4. Dalach macMuireadaigh, d. date unknown.
  5. +Angus Beg macMuireadaigh, d. date unknown.
  6. +Fergus Bec macMuireadaigh, d. date unknown.
  7. Mac Decill macMuireadaigh, d. date unknown.
  8. Enna macMuireadaigh, d. date unknown.
  9. Bresal macMuireadaigh, d. date unknown.
  10. Fiachra macMuireadaigh, d. date unknown.
  11. Dubhthach macMuireadaigh, d. date unknown.
  12. Muredoch macMuireadaigh, d. date unknown.
  13. +Feradach macMuireadaigh, d. date unknown.
  14. +Moen macMuireadaigh, d. date unknown.
  15. Tigernach macMuireadaigh, d. date unknown.
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