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Angus mac Sorley

Scots Gaelic: Aonghas mac Somhairle
Also Known As: "Angus of Bute", "Angus of Arran", "Sumaralidasson"
Birthplace: Morven, Argyle, Scotland
Death: Died in United Kingdom
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Son of Somerled, King of the Hebrides and Ragnhildis Olavesdottir
Husband of wife of Angus of Bute & Arran
Father of James Macrory, Lord of Bute
Brother of Ragnall mac Somhairle, Lord of the Isles; Dougal mac Somerled, King of the Isles; Bethoc, Prioress of Iona; Arran mac Somairle and Dullgallum mac Somairle
Half brother of Daughter of Somerled; Somhairle Og mac Somairle, King of Kintyre and of the Hebrides; Gilliecolum mac Somairle; Gillies mac Somerled and Gal "the Foreigner" mac Somairle

Occupation: Lord of Bute & Arran
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About Angus of Bute & Arran

Angus, Lord of Bute and Arran was the son of Somerled, Thane of Argyll and Ragnhild. He inherited Bute, Arran and Gamoran, but lost these to his brother Ranald. He was killed, along with his three sons, by the men of Skye.

Children of Angus, Lord of Bute and Arran

  • James Macrory, Lord of Bute, d. 1210
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"The surviving sons of Ragnhilda -- Ranald, Dugall, and Angus -- divided the bulk of Somerled's possessions between themselves. Angus, the younger, received a scattered patrimony comprising the 'rough bounds' of Garmoran -- Moidart, Morar, Knoydart, and Arisaig, to the north of Ardnamurchan, and also the islands of Arran and Bute. In 1192 he quarrelled with Ranald and defeated him in a battle, but in 1210 he was himself killed together with his three sons by the Norsemen of Skye who had invaded Moidart. His possessions were seized by Ranald's descendants, although his eldest son James had left an heiress Jane [Jean], who married Alexander, son of Walter Fitz-Alan the Steward. Through her the Stewarts prosecuted a claim to Arran and Bute -- which they eventually obtained after some resistance." (Williams, 127)

  • Engus, Angus, or Aonghus (ancestor of the McRuari or McRory)

c) ENGUS (-killed 1210). The Chronicon Manniæ et Insularum names “Dulgallum, Reginaldum, Engus et Olavum” as the four sons of “Sumerledo regulo Herergaildel” and his wife the daughter of Olav King of Man[356]. The Chronicon Manniæ et Insularum records that Engus, son of Somerled, defeated his brother Reginald in 1192, adding in a later passage that Engus was killed in 1210[357].


  • Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 449. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • Chronicon Manniae et Insularum (Chronicle of Man and the Isles) - 1164-1225.* Ronald Williams, The Lords of the Isles (1984)
  • Wikipedia: Aonghas mac Somhairle
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Angus of Bute & Arran's Timeline

Morven, Argyle, Scotland
Age 30
Bute, Scotland
Age 65
United Kingdom
Age 65