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Scottish History Timeline

A chronological record of the most important events in the history of Scotland.


8th Century History of Scotland timeline

714: Death of Saint Giles, patron saint of Edinburgh.


Saint Giles



717: Nechtan mac Der-Ilei expels Ionan clergy from Pictland and adopts Roman usages with the aid of Bishop Curetn.


724-729: Drust and Nechtan mac Der-Ilei fight civil war


732: Death of Nechtan mac Der-Ilei; Oengus mac Fergusa becomes King of the Picts.


735: Oengus mac Fergusa, King of the Picts, campaigns against Dl Riata, and seizes and burns the royal centre of Dunadd


736: Battle of Cnoc Coirpi between Fortriu and Dl Riata


741: Battle of Druimm Cathmail between Fortriu and Dl Riata; the 'smiting of Dl Riata', in which Dl Riata is subdued by Oengus mac Fergusa


750: Picts defeated by Britons at the Battle of Catohic


756: Oengus mac Fergusa allied with the English of Northumbria attacks the Britons; the English army is destroyed


761: Death of Oengus mac Fergusa.


763: Battle takes place in Fortriu between Ciniod and Aed Find; result unknown.


778: Death of Aed Find, King of Dl Riata


794: Annals of Ulster report the 'wasting' of 'all the islands of Britain by gentiles [Vikings]'

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