was the name of two ancient Gaelic kingdoms, one in Ireland and
the other in Scotland. The name means the home of the descendants
of Riada. Irish Dalriada was the district which now forms the
northern part of county Antrim, and from which about AD. 500 some
emigrants crossed over to Scotland, and founded in Argylishire
the Scottish kingdom of Dalriada.
a time Scottish Dalriada appears to have been dependent upon Irish
Dalriada, but about 575 King Aidan secured its independence. One
of Aidan’s successors, Kenneth, became king of the Picts
about 843, and gradually the name Dalriada both in Ireland and
Scotland fell into disuse.
to Scottish Culture