Óttarr Snaekollson

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Óttarr Snaekollson

Birthplace: Scotland
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Son of Snaekollr Eiríksson and N.N.
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About Óttarr Snaekollson

Victorian clan histories claim him as 3rd Chief of Clan Gunn and say he succeeded to his father's lands in 1231, when his father fled to Norway. The family supposedly lost their lands in Orkney, but still held nearly the whole of Caithness, which was then passing from Norwegian to Scottish influence. Thus, from the middle of the 13th century the Gunns were essentially a Caithness family. He is said to have been father of James or Jakop Gunn.

However, it is not clear this Óttarr was a historical person, or if he was, that he was a son of the Snaekoll who is claimed as the 2nd Gunn chief. The Orkneyinga Saga describes Snaekoll’s adventures in detail but does not mention a wife or children. Moreover, this Óttarr seems to be placed a generation too late to be the historically attested man or men of that name.

A different Óttarr Snaekollson is claimed as the first Chief of Clan McNichol. He lived on Skye and attended the Council of Chiefs held by MacDonald, Lord of the Isles, at Finlaggan on the Island of Islay in 1240. He might have been the same Óttarr Snaekollson who was mentioned in 1224 among a group of men from the Hebrides who visited King Hákon IV at Bergen. He might also have been the Óttarr Snaekollr who joined Balki Pálson in an attack on Þórmóðr Þórkelson at Skye in 1230/1 (Hákonar saga Hákonarsonar).


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