About this time he is thought by many to have obtained some footing in the kingdom of the Picts in succession to their king Talorcan, the son of his brother Eanfrid.
In 617 IEthelfrith fell in battle with the English of East Anglia, and his sons, Eanfrid and Oswald, fled to the North.
Eanfrid, by his marriage with a Pictish princess, became the father of the Pictish king Talorcan, while Oswald was baptized into the Columban church at Iona.
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