Ailín (bishop)

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Ailín (also spelled Algune or Alwin) is the seventh alleged Bishop of St Andrews. He is mentioned in the bishop-lists of the 15th-century historians Walter Bower and Andrew of Wyntoun as the successor of Máel Ísu II.[1] We have no direct dates for Ailín's episcopate, but the indirect evidence for his predecessors suggests that he was bishop in the early 11th century.[2] Name occurs in Latin form as Alwinus, the form for the Anglo-Saxon name Ælfwine, although it may be a form for Alpín. A similar name, Alguine, occurs in the Book of Deer, and two Mormaers of Lennox had the name Ailín, similarly rendered as Alwinus.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ John Macqueen, Winifred MacQueen, & D.E.R. Watt, (eds.), Scottichronicon by Walter Bower in Latin and English, Vol. 3, (Aberdeen, 1995), pp. 344-5, 463, where the translators wrongly translate his predecessor's name, given in the Latin as Malisius, as "Maelbrigde"; see also, Andrew of Wyntoun, The Original Chronicle, line 2549, available online here
  2. ^ see articles on Fothad I, Máel Ísu I, Cellach II, Máel Muire, and Máel Ísu II.
  3. ^ Kenneth H. Jackson (ed), The Gaelic Notes in the Book of Deer: The Osborn Bergin Memorial Lecture 1970, (Cambridge (1972), pp. 65-6.

References[edit]

  • MacQueen, John, MacQueen, Winifred & Watt, D.E.R. (eds.), Scottichronicon by Walter Bower in Latin and English, Vol. 3, (Aberdeen, 1995)
  • Jackson, Kenneth H. (ed), The Gaelic Notes in the Book of Deer: The Osborn Bergin Memorial Lecture 1970, (Cambridge (1972)

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Máel Ísu II
Bishop of the Scots
fl. early 1000s
Succeeded by
Máel Dúin