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abbots of Iona

  • Colum CilleColum Cille
    (fl. 6th century)
    Columba
    founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).
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  • d. 9 June 597
  • Baíthéne mac BrénainnBaíthéne mac Brénainn
    (d. 598)
    Báethíne mac Brénainn, Conin mac Brénainn
    Second abbot of Iona, in succession to Colum Cille.
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  • d. 9 June 598
  • Laisrén mac FeradaigLaisrén mac Feradaig
    (d. 605)
    Lasrén mac Feradaig, Laisrán mac Feradaig, Laisrén of Iona
    Third abbot of Iona, in succession to Baíthéne; previously prior of Dairmag (Durrow, Co. Offaly) and one of Colum Cille’s companions in Scotland.
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  • d. 16 September 605
  • Fergno Britt mac FaílbiFergno Britt mac Faílbi
    (ob. 623)
    Fourth abbot of Iona, in succession to Laisrén.
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  • d. 2 March 623
  • Ségéne mac FiachnaSégéne mac Fiachna
    (ob. 652)
    Ségéne mac Fíachnaí, Ségéne of Iona
    Fifth abbot of Iona, in succession to Fergno Britt.
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  • d. 12 August 652
  • Ségéne mac Fiachna(í)
  • Suibne [abbot of Iona]Suibne ... abbot of Iona
    (ob. 657)
    Suibne moccu Fir Thrí, Suibne moccu Urthrí
    Suibne moccu Urthrí/Fir Thrí , sixth abbot of Iona, in succession to Ségéne.
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  • d. 11 January 657
  • Suibne moccu Fir Thrí/Urthrí.
  • Cumméne FindCumméne Ailbe
    (ob. 669)
    Cumméne Albus, Cumméne Find
    Al. Cumméne Find, seventh abbot of Iona; author of Liber de virtutibus sancti Columbae.
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  • d. 24 February 669
  • Faílbe mac PípáinFaílbe mac Pípáin
    No short description available
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  • d. 22 March 679
  • AdomnánAdomnán
    (fl. c.628–704)
    Adomnán mac Rónáin was abbot of Iona (r. 679–704) and author of the Latin Life of St Columba and an account of the holy places of the Near East (De locis sanctis). He is credited with the proclamation of the Lex innocentium or Cáin Adomnáin at the Synod of Birr.
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  • d. 23 September 704
  • Conamail mac FaílbiConamail mac Faílbi
    (d. 710)
    abbot of Iona
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  • d. 710
  • Conamail died in 710. Between 707 and 710, he may have been joint abbot with Dúnchad, or at least there is no statement to the effect that the appointment of Dúnchad in 707 led to Conamail’s deposition.
  • Dúnchad mac Cind FháeladDúnchad mac Cind Fháelad
    (ob. 717)
    Dúnchad mac Cinn Fáelad
    Abbot of Iona.
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  • Deposed maybe in June 713
  • Formerly, abbot of Killochuir; adhered to the ‘Roman’ Easter. Deposed perhaps in June 713 until returning to office 713 x 716.
  • Dorbéne mac AltaíniDorbéne mac Altaíni
    (ob. 713)
    Dorbbéne mac Altaíni
    Abbot of Iona for only a brief period of time in 713, the year in which he died. He is commonly identified with the scribe Dorbbeneus who signs his name in the Schaffhausen manuscript of the Vita sancti Columbae.
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  • Summer 713–d. 28 October 713
  • Of the Cenél Conaill. Cf. Dorbbeneus in the Schaffhausen MS.
  • Dúnchad mac Cind FháeladDúnchad mac Cind Fháelad
    (ob. 717)
    Dúnchad mac Cinn Fáelad
    Abbot of Iona.
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  • Newly appointed 713 x 716, d. 25 May 717
  • Fáelchú mac DorbéniFáelchú mac Dorbéni
    (ob. 724)
    Fáelchú mac Dorbbéni
    Abbot of Iona.
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  • 716(?) – Deposed or resigned 722(?), d. 724
  • Cilléne FotaCilléne Fota
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  • 724–726
  • Cilléne DroichtechCilléne Droichtech
    (d. 752)
    Abbot of Iona (r. 726–752), in succession to Cilléne Fota. Either of the two had his feast-day on 3 July and Félire Uí Gormáin opted for the present abbot. He is credited with the renewal of the Lex innocentium of Adomnán, whose relics were taken to Ireland.
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  • 726–before 752
  • Sléibíne mac CongaileSléibíne mac Congaile
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  • before 752–766?
  • d. 767
  • Suibne II [abbot of Iona]Suibne II ... abbot of Iona
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  • by 766–d.772
  • d. 772
  • Bresal mac SégéniBresal mac Ségéni
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  • c.772–d. 801
  • Connachtach of IonaConnachtach of Iona
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  • 801?–d. 802
  • Cellach mac CongaileCellach mac Congaile
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  • resigned 814, d. 815
  • Iona was burnt in 802 and 68 were killed in 806. Possibly in part because of the viking threat, Cellach began building a new monastery at Kells in 807, which was to become the new headquarters of the Columban familia.
  • Diarmait alumnus DaigriDiarmait alumnus Daigri
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  • resigned(?) 831
  • Díarmait [daltae Daigri]. The death of one of his monks, Blaímac mac Flainn, at the hands of viking ‘heathens’ (825) is commemorated in a poem by Walahfrid Strabo.
  • Indrechtach úa FinnachtaiIndrechtach úa Finnachtai
    Indrechtach úa Fínnachta
    Abbot of Iona.
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  • d. before 854
  • Attempted a pilgrimage to Rome but was killed in England. His person is thought to have inspired the Indractus whose cult originated at Glastonbury.
  • Cellach mac AilellaCellach mac Ailella
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  • d. 865
  • Also abbot of Kildare (since 852).
  • Feradach mac CormaicFeradach mac Cormaic
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  • d. 880
  • Flann mac Maíle DúinFlann mac Maíle Dúin
    No short description available
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  • d. 891
  • Máel Brigte mac TornáinMáel Brigte mac Tornáin
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  • d. 927
  • Also abbot of Armagh. Charles-Edwards regards it as “quite uncertain whether Máel Brigte spent any significant time on Iona”.
  • Dubthach mac DubáinDubthach mac Dubáin
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  • d. 938
  • Abbot of Raphoe.
  • Cáenchomrac [abbot of Iona]Cáenchomrac ... abbot of Iona
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  • d. 947
  • Exclusive to AFM. Abbot of Iona but not coarb of Colum Cille.
  • Robartach [abbot of Raphoe and Iona]Robartach ... abbot of Raphoe and Iona
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  • d. 954
  • Like Dubthach, abbot of Raphoe.
  • Dub Dúin úa StepháinDub Dúin úa Stepháin
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  • d. 959
  • Dub Scoile mac CináedaDub Scoile mac Cináeda
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  • d. 964
  • Mugrón [abbot of Iona]Mugrón ... abbot of Iona
    (d. c.981)
    Abbot of Iona and supposed author of a number of vernacular Irish poems. His obit in AFM remembers him as ‘scribe/writer and bishop, sage of the three divisions’ (scribhnidh ⁊ epscop, saoi na t-Tri Rand).
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  • d. 980/81
  • Abbot and bishop of Iona, described as ‘coarb of Colum Cille in Ireland and Scotland’.
  • Máel Ciaráin úa MaigneMáel Ciaráin úa Maigne
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  • d. 986 (killed)
  • Abbot of Iona.
  • Dúnchad úa RobacháinDúnchad úa Robacháin
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  • d. 989
  • Abbot of Raphoe.
  • Dub Dá Leithe mac CellaigDub Dá Leithe mac Cellaig
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  • d. 998
  • Also abbot of Armagh (since 965).
  • Máel Brigte mac RímedaMáel Brigte mac Rímeda
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  • d. 1005
  • Abbot but not described as coarb.
  • Muiredach mac CrícháinMuiredach mac Crícháin
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  • resigned 1007, d. 1011
  • Abbot of Raphoe; also described as fer léigind of Armagh.
  • Ferdomnach [abbot of Kells]Ferdomnach ... abbot of Kells
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  • d. 1008
  • Abbot of Kells.
  • Máel Muire úa hUchtáin [d. 1009]Máel Muire úa hUchtáin ... d. 1009
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  • d. 1009
  • Abbot of Kells.
  • Flandabra [abbot of Iona]Flandabra ... abbot of Iona
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  • d. 1025
  • Styled coarb of Iona.
  • Máel Eón úa ToráinMáel Eón úa Toráin
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  • d. 1025
  • Styled coarb of Derry.
  • Máel Muire úa hUchtáin [d. 1040]Máel Muire úa hUchtáin ... d. 1040
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  • d. 1040
  • Abbot of Kells and Raphoe.
  • Murchad mac Flainn Úa Máel SechlainnÚa Máel Sechlainn (Murchad mac Flainn)
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  • deposed before 1057 (?), d. 1076
  • Uncertain. Abbot of Clonard (since 1055), possibly abbot of Kells and later, briefly, king of Mide.
  • Robartach mac FerdomnaigRobartach mac Ferdomnaig
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  • d. 1057
  • Abbot of Kells.
  • Gilla Críst Úa Máel DoraidÚa Máel Doraid (Gilla Críst)
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  • d. 1062
  • Styled ‘coarb of Colum Cille in Ireland and Scotland’.
  • Mac meic BáethéneMac meic Báethéne
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  • d. 1070 (killed)
  • Abbot of Ina.
  • Domnall mac RobartaigDomnall mac Robartaig
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  • resigned before 1098, d. 1098
  • Abbot of Kells.
  • Donnchad mac meic MáenaigDonnchad mac meic Máenaig
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  • d. 1099
  • m. Máenaig or Móenaig, the last to be described as abbot of Iona.
  • Ferdomnach Úa ClucáinÚa Clucáin (Ferdomnach)
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  • d. 1114
  • Abbot of Kells.
  • Máel Brigte mac RónáinMáel Brigte mac Rónáin
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  • d. 1117
  • Abbot of Kells.
  • Conaing Úa BecléigindÚa Becléigind (Conaing)
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  • d. 1128
  • Gilla Adamnáin Úa CoirthnénÚa Coirthnén (Gilla Adamnáin)
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  • ?
  • Gilla Meic LiacGilla Meic Liac
    (d. 1174)
    Gelasius ... Gilla Meic Liac
    Archbishop of Armagh (consecrated 1137), earlier also abbot or erenagh of Derry (since 1121).
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  • ?
  • Abbot or erenagh of Derry (since 1121) and archbishop of Armagh (consecrated in 1137).
  • Muiredach Úa ClucáinÚa Clucáin (Muiredach)
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  • d. 1154
See also: AdomnánAdomnán
(fl. c.628–704)
Adomnán mac Rónáin was abbot of Iona (r. 679–704) and author of the Latin Life of St Columba and an account of the holy places of the Near East (De locis sanctis). He is credited with the proclamation of the Lex innocentium or Cáin Adomnáin at the Synod of Birr.
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Baíthéne mac BrénainnBaíthéne mac Brénainn
(d. 598)
Báethíne mac Brénainn, Conin mac Brénainn
Second abbot of Iona, in succession to Colum Cille.
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Blathmac of IonaBlathmac of Iona
(d. 825)
Blathmac mac Flainn
Blathmac (Blaímac) mac Flainn, abbot of Iona
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Cilléne DroichtechCilléne Droichtech
(d. 752)
Abbot of Iona (r. 726–752), in succession to Cilléne Fota. Either of the two had his feast-day on 3 July and Félire Uí Gormáin opted for the present abbot. He is credited with the renewal of the Lex innocentium of Adomnán, whose relics were taken to Ireland.
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Colum CilleColum Cille
(fl. 6th century)
Columba
founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).
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Cumméne AilbeCumméne Ailbe
(ob. 669)
Cumméne Albus, Cumméne Find
Al. Cumméne Find, seventh abbot of Iona; author of Liber de virtutibus sancti Columbae.
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Cú ChuimneCú Chuimne
(d. 747)
monk and scholar at Iona, called sapiens, who is credited with having co-compiled the Collectio canonum Hibernensis and having authored a Latin hymn in praise of Mary.
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Dorbéne mac AltaíniDorbéne mac Altaíni
(ob. 713)
Dorbbéne mac Altaíni
Abbot of Iona for only a brief period of time in 713, the year in which he died. He is commonly identified with the scribe Dorbbeneus who signs his name in the Schaffhausen manuscript of the Vita sancti Columbae.
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Dúnchad mac Cind FháeladDúnchad mac Cind Fháelad
(ob. 717)
Dúnchad mac Cinn Fáelad
Abbot of Iona.
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Fáelchú mac DorbéniFáelchú mac Dorbéni
(ob. 724)
Fáelchú mac Dorbbéni
Abbot of Iona.
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Fergno Britt mac FaílbiFergno Britt mac Faílbi
(ob. 623)
Fourth abbot of Iona, in succession to Laisrén.
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Laisrén mac FeradaigLaisrén mac Feradaig
(d. 605)
Lasrén mac Feradaig, Laisrán mac Feradaig, Laisrén of Iona
Third abbot of Iona, in succession to Baíthéne; previously prior of Dairmag (Durrow, Co. Offaly) and one of Colum Cille’s companions in Scotland.
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Ségéne mac FiachnaSégéne mac Fiachna
(ob. 652)
Ségéne mac Fíachnaí, Ségéne of Iona
Fifth abbot of Iona, in succession to Fergno Britt.
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Suibne [abbot of Iona]Suibne ... abbot of Iona
(ob. 657)
Suibne moccu Fir Thrí, Suibne moccu Urthrí
Suibne moccu Urthrí/Fir Thrí , sixth abbot of Iona, in succession to Ségéne.
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Sources

Secondary sources (select)

Gefreh, Tasha Michelle, “Sun of understanding: the iconographic programme of Iona’s free-standing crosses”, in: Newman, Conor, Mags Mannion, and Fiona Gavin (eds), Islands in a global context: proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Insular Art, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017. 75–83.
Fraser, James E., Iona and the burial places of the kings of Alba, Kathleen Hughes Memorial Lectures 14, Cambridge: ASNC, 2015.
Stansbury, Mark, Iona scribes and the rhetoric of legibility, E. C. Quiggin Memorial Lectures 16, Cambridge: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, 2014. 43 pp.
O'Loughlin, Thomas, “Varia I: The presence of the Breuiarius de Hierosolyma in Iona’s library”, Ériu 62 (2012): 185–188.
Clancy, Thomas Owen, “Iona v. Kells: succession, jurisdiction and politics in the Columban familia in the later tenth century”, in: Edmonds, Fiona, and Paul Russell (eds.), Tome: studies in medieval Celtic history and law in honour of Thomas Charles-Edwards, Studies in Celtic History 31, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2011. 89–101.
Ó Riain-Raedel, Dagmar, “‘Wide-reaching connections’: the list of abbots from Iona in the Liber confraternitatum ecclesiae S. Petri in Salzburg”, in: Mullins, Elizabeth, and Diarmuid Scully (eds), Listen, o Isles, unto me: studies in medieval word and image in honour of Jennifer O'Reilly, Cork: Cork University Press, 2011. 60–72.
Aist, Rodney, Thomas Owen Clancy, Thomas O'Loughlin, and Jonathan M. Wooding (eds), Adomnán of Iona: theologian, lawmaker, peacemaker, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2010.

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