Talorgan I of the Picts


Talorgan I of the Picts

Talorcan (or Talorgan) mac Enfret (died 657) was a King of the Picts (653–657). He was the son of Eanfrith of Bernicia, who had fled into exile among the Picts after his father, Æthelfrith of Northumbria, was killed around the year 616. Eanfrith married a Pictish princess, and their son was Talorcan.

Talorcan became king in 653; in the next year, he defeated and killed Dúnchad mac Conaing, king of the Dál Riata Scots, in battle at Strath Ethairt. It has been suggested that this battle may have been part of a traditional "inaugural raid" against hostile neighbors to mark the beginning of a king's rule. [Ann Williams, Alfred P. Smyth, and D. P. Kirby, "A Biographical Dictionary of Dark Age Britain" (1997), page 220.] Talorcan was the nephew of the powerful Oswiu of Northumbria; Oswiu is reported by Bede to have "for the most part subdued and made tributary" the Picts (along with the Scots) [Bede, "H. E.", book II, chapter 5.] , and it is possible that Talorcan was subject to Oswiu.

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