Nechtan Neir

Introduction

O Riain, Dictionary has the following notes (512): Nechtan Neir: Commemorated in Ireland by early 9th c (Mart. O and Mart. T) on 8th Jan, and said in Mart. O to be from Alba ('de Albae'), which at this time could simply mean Britain rather than what is now called Scotland (Alba in modern Gaelic). His death as 'Nectain Neir' is recorded in AU at 679. The Drummond Calendar, in ?11th c, also records Nechtan as being in Britannia. Mart. G commemorates a Nechtan on this day but appears to mean a female saint. Gloss associates saint with Dun Geimhin (Dungiven, barony of Keenaght, Co. Derry). Scribe of L (Mart O notes) connects Nechtan both with Alba and with Dun Geimhin. For argument that Nér might represent Deer (O'Rahilly) or Fetternear (Clancy) see Clancy 2002 p 414-5.

Gender

Male

Obituary

AU 679 Dormitatio Nectain Neir

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Nechtan, Nathalan (ns)

Same as Nathalan

Feast days

Day of Year

Jan 8

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

Nechtán nár de Albae

Notes

Stokes' chosen reading of nár has several variants in the MSs: neir in C and F, ner in L, nair in R1 and LB.

Day of Year

Jan 8

Calendar

Martyrology of Tallaght

Source code

Mart.T

Source title

Martyrology of Tallaght

Editors

Best, R. I. and Lawlor, H. J.

Year

1931

Notes

From the Book of Lesinter and MS 5100-4 in the Royal Library, Brussels.

Quote from source

N(echt)an ner

Notes

The reading in Br. is Nechtan an ner - with line over er.

Day of Year

Jan 8

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 noebog (Nechtan holy virgin)

Notes

Gloss is: o Dhún Geimhin i cCíannachta Glinne Geimhin