From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878
Finnachta, King of Ireland, 686 to 693. His age is memorable on account of a British invasion of Ireland, a great cattle plague, a severe frost, and his crushing defeat of the Leinster men in a battle at Lagore, near Dunshaughlin. Some remains of this encounter have been found in our own time. The invasion occurred in 683, when the British plundered Leinster, and carried away captives, who were afterwards returned at the intercession of St. Adamnan. Bede declares that this expedition ended in the unhappy plunder and wasting by Saxon hands of a country most friendly to the English. At the request of Saint Moling, Finnachta is said to have remitted the Borromean tribute off Leinster. He was killed in a battle near Kells, in 693.
134. Four Masters, Annals of Ireland by the: Translated and Edited by John O'Donovan. 7 vols. Dublin, 1856.
171. Ireland, History of, from the earliest period to the English Invasion: Rev. Geoffrey Keating: Translated from the Irish, and Noted by John O'Mahony. New York, 1857.
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