Abbots of Iona

Abbots Of Iona

The Abbot of Iona was the head of Iona Abbey during the Middle Ages and the leader of the monastic community of Iona, as well as the overlord of scores of monasteries in both Scotland and Ireland, including Durrow, Kells and, for a time, Lindisfarne. It was one of the most prestigious clerical positions in Dark Age Europe, and was visited by kings and bishops of the Picts, Franks and English. The Ionan abbots also had the status of Comarba of Colum Cille, i.e. the successors of that Saint, Columba.

Iona's position as head of the Columban network (familia) of churches declines, with abbots based at Derry, Raphoe, Kells and Dunkeld. In Scotland, the abbots of Dunkeld ruled much of central Scotland in the 11th century, and functioned as one of the most important politicians of northern Britain. One of the abbots, Crínán married Bethóc ingen Maíl Coluim, the daughter of King Máel Coluim II, and became the progenitor of the so-called House of Dunkeld, who ruled Scotland until the later thirteenth century. Dunkeld became a bishopric, and the monks based at Inchcolm Abbey became Augustinians.

At the beginning of the thirteenth century, the monks of Iona adopted the Benedictine rule. Iona was re-endowed in 1203 by Raghnall mac Somhairle, son of Somerled, king of Argyll and the Isles.

Read more about Abbots Of Iona:  List of Abbots of Iona To 891, List of Comarbai Coluim Cille and Abbots of Iona, 891–1099, List of Comarbai Coluim Cille At Kells and Derry, List of Benedictine Abbots of Iona, List of Abbot-commendators

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Abbots Of Iona - List of Abbot-commendators
... Abbot-commendators of Iona Incumbent Period Citation(s) Notes Eóin Caimbeul I 1499–1510 George Hepburn 1510–1513 Died at the battle of Flodden, 9 September 1513 Eóin ...

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