*On the significance of this event, see T. M. Charles Edwards, Early Christian Ireland (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), p. 341 and n. 297. *The date supplied by the Annals of Ulster indicates that this event took place when Adomnán 1 1 was returning from his first trip to Aldfrith 1 in 686 following Ecgfrith 4's defeat and death in battle in 685 rather than his second trip in 688. On the visits see further, Adomnán's Life of Columba, ed. and trans. Alan Orr Anderson and Marjorie Ogilvie Anderson, rev. Marjorie Ogilvie Anderson, Oxford Medieval Texts (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991), p. xl.