Fáelán m. Oengusa

Other names

Fillan the Stammerer / Leper / the Dumb. Fáelán of Strathearn (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 304-5)

Introduction

Strathearn and Glen Dochart have generally been understood to be meant as this Fáelán's place of activity, both places with Fáelán dedications. Watson thought that a district term - Rath of Eire - was meant (Watson 1926, 227) Robert Bruce was devoted to a saint called Fáelán, whose aid apparently secured victory at Bannockburn (Boece and Bellenden via Forbes 1872, 345). This battle was fought at midsummer which suggests that perhaps this Fáelán was invoked. But Scottish fairs (Watson 1926,184, 193) and calendars consistently noticed Jan 9th as the day of Fáelán, the day of a supposedly quite different saint.

Associated places

His place of activity is variously given as i Straith Eret (Mart. T), o Srath hErenn (Mart. O note in RB505) o Raith hErenn i fail Glinde drochta aniar ata (Mart. O. note in Laud 610), always in Alba. Mart. O note in LB adds o Chill Faelan i Laigis (Stokes 1880 p cvi) ie in Laoighis in Leinster . There is no ID in Hogan, onomasticon but Ó Riain says he is ‘supposedly’ associated with Killelan, barony of Kikea and Moone, Co. Kildare, and ‘Kilwhelan’ in the townland of Cashel, parish of Ballyroan, barony of Cullenagh, Co. Laois (Ó Riain, Dictionary, 304-5).

Genealogies

Son of Óengus mac Nadfroích (d. 490/2), an apical king of Munster Eoganacht (Mart. O notes in LB, Stokes 1880 p cvi). There is a Fáelán m. Óengusa in Rec. Met. ( 662.221) among the Eoganacht. According to Mart. Do he is of the race – ‘do chloinn’ - of Óengus mac Nadfroích.

Related Saints

Belongs to the group Fáelán, Fillan (ns)

Related Personal Names

Name

Fáelán (certain)

Feast days

Day of Year

June 20

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

Fáelán cosin búaidsin in t-amlabar ánsin 'Fáelán with that victory that splendid mute'

Notes

note in Laud 610 .i. o Raith hErenn a nAlbain [superscribed] i fail Glinde drochta aniar ata. ie of Raith Erenn in Scotland, near Glenn drochta in the west it is. note in RB 505 Faelan amlobor o Srath hErenn i n-Albain. note in LB (Stokes 1880, cvi) foelan mac oengusa mic natfraich, oraith erend inalbain & ochill faelan ilaigis.

Day of Year

June 20

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

Faelain amlabair i Straith Eret i nAlbain.

Day of Year

June 20

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

Faelan in breo balla 'Faelán the high(?) flame' gloss: amhlobhar, ir-Ráith Errenn i n-Albain 'the Dumb, in Raith Érenn in Scotland'

Day of Year

June 20

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

Faelán, amhlobhar, i Ráith Erann i nAlbain, acus ó Chill Fhaeláin a Laoighis Laighean, do chloinn Aonghasa, mic Natfraoich, .i. ri Mumhan. 'Faolan, the Stammerer, of Rath Erann, in Albain; and of Cill Fhaelain in Laoighis in Leinster of the race of Aenghus son of Nadfraech ie king of Munster'