Beli I of Alt Clut


Beli I of Alt Clut

Beli I of Alt Clut was the ruler of Alt Clut (modern Dumbarton Rock in the West of Scotland), probably sometime in the early-to-mid seventh century. According to the "Harleian genealogies", he was the son of Neithon, his predecessor as king. We know from this genealogy that he was the father of Eugein (Owain), ["Harleian genealogy of the Kings of Alt Clut", [http://www.kmatthews.org.uk/history/harleian_genealogies/5.html here] .] and we know from our extensive knowledge of King Bridei III of the Picts, that he was the father of that illustrious Pictish monarch. In the "Elegy for Bruide mac Bili" attributed to Adomnán of Iona, Bridei is called "mac rígh Ala Cluaithe" [Alan MacQuarrie, "The Kings of Strathclyde", in A. Grant & K.Stringer (eds.) "Medieval Scotland: Crown, Lordship and Community, Essays Presented to G.W.S. Barrow", (Edinburgh, 1993), p. 9.] ("son of the King of Alt Clut"). [Thomas Owen Clancy (ed.), "The Triumph Tree: Scotland's Earliest Poetry, 550–1350", (Edinburgh, 1998), p. 115] If the " Belin moritur" ("death of Beli") in the "Annales Cambriae" can be taken as a reference to our Beli, [AC627?, [http://www.kmatthews.org.uk/history/annales_cambrie/ac_a.html here] ] then we have Beli's death date perhaps at 627. He was certainly dead by 642. [Alan MacQuarrie, "loc. cit."]

Notes

References

* Clancy, Thomas Owen (ed.), "The Triumph Tree: Scotland's Earliest Poetry, 550–1350", (Edinburgh, 1998)
* MacQuarrie, Alan, "The Kings of Strathclyde", in A. Grant & K.Stringer (eds.) "Medieval Scotland: Crown, Lordship and Community, Essays Presented to G.W.S. Barrow", (Edinburgh, 1993), pp. 1-19

External links

* [http://www.kmatthews.org.uk/history/annales_cambrie/ac_a.html Annales Cambriae]
* [http://www.kmatthews.org.uk/history/harleian_genealogies/5.html Harleian genealogy 5]

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