Crimthann Srem mac Echado

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Crimthann Srem mac Echado (died circa 542) or Crimthann Feimin was a King of Munster from the Eoganachta dynasty in the early 6th century. He was the son of Eochaid mac Óengusa (died 522) and grandson of the first Christian king of Munster, Óengus mac Nad Froích (died 489).[1]

The Annals of Tigernach record his succession to his father as king of Munster in 522.[2] According to the Laud Synchronisms, he ruled for twenty years which places his death at 542. The record of 6th century kings in Munster is obscure and the Laud Synchronisms may have been written to favor his dynasty.[3] The saga Senchas Fagbála Caisil ("The Story of the Finding of Cashel") omits him from its list of kings while the list in the Book of Leinster includes him.[4]

He was the ancestor of the Eoganacht Glendamnach (Glanworth, County Cork) branch of the family. He had five sons including Coirpre Cromm mac Crimthainn (died 577), a king of Munster. The genealogies give him a twin brother Crimthann, son of a woman named Dearcon, who was ancestor of the Airthir Cliach branch (around Tipperary town). It is possible that the genealogies created two separate Crimthanns. In which case he would be the Crimthann, son of Dearcon mentioned in a tract relating to a Munster synod in the 6th century[5]

Crimthann Srem mac Echado
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Eochaid mac Óengusa
King of Cashel
c. 522 – 542
Succeeded by
Coirpre Cromm mac Crimthainn


  1. ^ Byrne, Table 11
  2. ^ Annals of Tigernach, AT 522.3
  3. ^ Charles-Edwards, pg.534, note 44; pg.536, note 45
  4. ^ Byrne, pg.188
  5. ^ Byrne, pg.219


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