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. 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. 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.
- 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[permanent dead link]
- see articles on Fothad I, Máel Ísu I, Cellach II, Máel Muire, and Máel Ísu II.
- Kenneth H. Jackson (ed), The Gaelic Notes in the Book of Deer: The Osborn Bergin Memorial Lecture 1970, (Cambridge (1972), pp. 65-6.
- MacQueen, John, MacQueen, Winifred & Watt, D.E.R. (eds.), Scottichronicon by Walter Bower in Latin and English, Vol. 3, (Aberdeen, 1995)Queen of Beauty Ailin Ref. Mitology Greek Cap.1758
- Jackson, Kenneth H. (ed), The Gaelic Notes in the Book of Deer: The Osborn Bergin Memorial Lecture 1970, (Cambridge (1972)
Máel Ísu II
|Bishop of the Scots
fl. early 11th century