Nechtan of Cell Uinche

Other names

Nechtan of Fennor

Introduction

Nechtan Cell Uinche: This saint is commemorated as fosterling of Patrick by Mart. O and is associated with Cell Uinche by Mart. T. Gorman gloss, and notes in L and R1 to Mart O, add that he was son of Patrick's sister. Feast is May 2. Ó Riain, Dictionary has some interesting reflection on his name as having a possible origin in a word meaning 'descendant of the waters' (cognate with Roman Neptunus), and the association of his cult with saga material about the sons of Nechtan Scéine, custodians of the source of the River Boyne (overlooked by the Sidh or 'fairy mountain' of Nechtan), while the saint became patron of Fennor, on the banks of the Boyne. Further watery references are found in the later notes in Mart. O. for this date: 'Nechtán, Patrick's fosterling, of Cell Umhe in Conailli ... and at Findabair Aba on the brink of the Boyne in Brega is Patrick's fosterling. When he was dying and Patrick at his departure he asked for a drink, for Patrick beheld his reward and his glory in heaven before he died'. This last element is a bit garbled, but the combination of the Boyne, a drink, our saint and St Patrick is at the heart of it.

Gender

Male

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Nechtan, Nathalan (ns)

Related Personal Names

Name

Nathalan

Feast days

Day of Year

May 2

Calendar

Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee

Source code

Mart. O

Source title

Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee

Editors

Stokes, Whitley

Year

1905

Notes

Full title is Félire Óengusso Céli Dé, The Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee, critically edited from Ten Manuscripts, with a Preface, Translation, Notes and Indices.

Quote from source

Nechtáin daltai Pátric ('Nechtan, fosterling of Patrick')

Day of Year

May 2

Calendar

Martyrology of Gorman

Source code

Mart. G

Source title

Martyrology of Gorman

Editors

Stokes, Whitley

Year

1895

Notes

Full title is Félire Húi Gormáin, The Martyrology of Gorman edited from a manuscript in the Royal library, Brussels, with a preface, translation, notes and indices. It is published by the Henry Bradshaw Society.

Quote from source

Nechtain

Notes

Gloss: descipul Pátraic ó Chill Uinche i cConaillibh Murthemhne 7 ó Findabhair aba for brú Boinne, mac Liamhna dano seathar Pátraic, hé.