IDA (d. 559), king of Bernicia, became king in 547, soon after the foundation of the kingdom of Bernicia by the Angles. He built the fortress of Bebbanburh, the modern Bamborough, and after his death his kingdom, which did not extend south of the Tees, passed in turn to six of his sons. The surname of 1 The number of names by which this species was known in ancient times Chloris or Chlorion, Galbula (akin to Galgulus), Parra and Vireo may be explained by its being a common and conspicuous bird, as well as one which varied in plumage according to age and sex (see ORIOLE). Owing to its general colour, Chloris was in time transferred to the GREENFINCH (q.v.), while the names Galbula, Parra and Vireo have since been utilized by ornithologists (see JACAMAR and JACANA).

" Flame-Bearer," sometimes applied to him, refers, however, not to Ida, but to his son Theodric (d. 587).

See J. R. Green, Making of England, vol. i. (London, 1897).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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