Óengus servant of Mochta

Other names

Mac Cride (Mart. G)

Introduction

The equation between 'Mac Cride' and a servant of Mochta of Louth called Óengus is first made in Mart. G. The saint is not mentioned in Mart. T. A cook named 'Mac Rith' is said to have served Mochta of Louth (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 422), and Mochta's attendant Maccrith is found with his master on Iona: 'Here his servant, Maccrith by name, offered him shelled nuts which had been gathered on the island. He refused to accept them because, while his eyes saw the nuts, his mind saw into the future. He said ‘I am not the lord or the patron of the land on which these nuts grew or on which they fell’(Colgan TT, 389, tr. de Paor 1979, 115) See Dictionary of Nat Biog - Munster saints -for more.

Gender

Male

Source for saint

Source

The History of the Celtic Place-Names of Scotland

272

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Óengus, Angus (ns) (certain)

Same as Angus of Balquhidder (possible)

This identity is suggested by Watson on the basis of the servant of Mochta's feastday (11th Aug) falling within the range of dates on which the Féill Aonghuis was held at Balquhidder. (Watson 1926, 272)

Sometimes confused with Mac Reithe of Kilmacrehy (certain)

Ó Riain, Dictionary, 420-423

Related Personal Names

Name

Mac Cride (certain)

Source

Martyrology of Gorman

154

Name

Óengus (certain)

Source

Martyrology of Gorman

154

Feast days

Day of Year

August 11

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

Macc cride gloss: .i. mac craidhe Mochta Lugmaich, ar ba dalta dil dó é. Aonghus a cedainm. ‘ie Mochta of Louth’s ‘heart’s son’ for he was a dear pupil of his. His first name was Oengus.’

Day of Year

August 11

Calendar

The Martyrology of Donegal

Source code

Mart. Do.

Source title

The Martyrology of Donegal

Editors

Todd, J. H.

Year

1864

Notes

Other author to be specified.

Quote from source

Maccridhe ‘ie Son of the heart, of Mochta, of Lughmagh, because he was a dear pupil of his. Aenghus was his first name.’

Notes

A note in ‘the more recent hand’ suggests that he was the pupil of St Ailbe, rather than of Mochta of Louth.