Fergus mac Eirc

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Muirchertach mac Erca (c. 464—534) high-king of Ireland

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Traditional Irish founding father of the early Scottish kingdom of Dál Riada in what was (until 1974) Argyllshire in the southern Highlands. As Fergus Mòr he is cited as a distant ancestor in countless Scottish genealogies, as well as that of the reigning British royal family. He asked his brother, Muirchertach mac Erca, to send the coronation stone, LIA Fáil, to Scotland so that he might be crowned sitting on it; he later refused to return it to Ireland. By oral tradition, this stone became known as the Stone of Scone, used in many subsequent coronations.

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