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Giolla Brighid mac Gille Adomnain

Also Known As: "Gillibrigdi", "Gillebride of Clan Angus", "Gillebride Mac Gille Adomnan of the ISLES"
Birthplace: Morven, Argyleshire, Scotland
Death: circa 1164 (65-83)
Renfrewshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Gille Adomnan Siol-Cuinn and Wife of Gilledomnan
Husband of Nn Sigurdsdattir and NN mother of NN Gillebridedatter
Father of Nn MacGillebride; Angus MacGillebride, founder of Clan MacInnes; Beathach MacGillebride and Gillebride MacMargad, Thane of Argyll
Brother of Bethoc, of Ireland

Occupation: Norsk adelsmann, Prince of Argyll, Thane of Argyle, Prince of Argyll., Jarl, Lord på den lilla ön Colonsay, Hebriderna, Skottland
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Giolla Brighid mac Gille Adomnain

Somerled's father was Gillebride of Clan Angus who had been exiled to Ireland.

Gillebride mac Gille Adomnan was given command of four or five hundred persons, and at their head he returned to Alban, where he was able to land, but the overall expedition was unsuccessful. He was expelled from his possessions by the Lochlans and the Fingalls, took refuge in Ireland, where he persuaded the descendants of Colla to espouse his quarrel and assist him in an attempt to recover his possessions.

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Descendants of Giolla Brighild, prince of Argyll, include:

HM George I : his 15th great Grandfather

Lady Diana : her 23rd great Grandfather

PM Churchill: his 22 great Grandfather

Louis XVII: his 19th great Grandfather

and possibly, George Washington: his 18th great Grandfather.

Gille Bride (Giolla Brighid), son of Gille Adomanan. Gille Bride traveled to Ireland to seek help in expelling the Norse from his ancestral lands. He was the claimant of Argyll . Gille Bride had two (2) sons :

       * Somerled
       * Dubhghall, was the King of the Isles, d. living in 1144. (Dubhghall is Irish for a black foreigner) He was the ancestor of the MacDougall, MacDougald, MacDowell and MacDowall families.

Notes Gille Bride proceeded with [a party of his Irish kindred] to Scotland, where they landed. They made frequent onsets and attacks on their enemies during their time of trouble, for their enemies were powerful and numerous at that time. All the islands from Man to the Orkneys, and all the borderland, from Dumbarton to Caithness in the north, were in the possession of the Danes (Norse); and such of the Gael of those lands as remained were protecting themselves in the woods and mountains, and at the end of that time Gille Bride had a good son, who had come to maturity and reknown." (Book of Clanranald, Reliquiae Celticae) This son was Sumarlidi Hèold, or Somerled. Gilbride had returned to Ireland to ask for help in winning back his inheritance.

Sources [S386] Macdonald genealogy, Roddy Macdonald of the Clan Donald Society of Edinburgh, (, genealogy/d0002/g0000040.html#I0018 (Reliability: 3)


Colonsay är en mycket liten ö norr om ön Islay i ögruppen Inre Hebriderna, Skottland. (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

(Chronicle of Man and the Sudreys, doc 56 och 57) är två appendix som visar Somerleds genealogi.

The powerful Earl Sigurd, the father of Thorfinn, had really a son his first-born, named Somerled, while the husband of his sister, the Sudreyan earl, is called Gille (i.e., Gilbrigid, Gilchrist, Gil-Adomnan, or another similar name), we find it rather likely that Somerled the elder was a descendant of Earl Gille by the sister of Earl Sigurd, and that his name, as well as that of Earl Sigurd's son, was derived from the same common ancestor; say, it is even probable that Somerled of the Isles, who seems to have been born about 1020, was immediately named after the Orkneyan earl who died about that time. (Chronicle of Man and the Sudreys, note 14)

In the Annals of the Four Masters it is stated that Somerled, son of Gilbrigid, king of Innsie Gall (i.e., the Sudreys), died in 1083. (Chronicle of Man and the Sudreys, note 14)

Battle of Renfrew From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Battle of Renfrew in 1164 was a significant engagement near Renfrew, Scotland. The army of King Malcolm IV of Scotland (Malcolm the Maiden) led by Walter fitz Alan was attacked by forces led by Somerled mac Gillebride (Somerled), the Norse-Gaelic King of Mann and the Isles, Lord of Argyll, Cinn Tìre (Kintyre) and Lorne.[1][2] Somerled was killed and his forces were defeated.[1] After defeating and deposing the Norse Gofraidh mac Amhlaibh (Godred II), King of Mann and the Isles during the Battle of the Isle of Man, Somerled was approached by powerful Scottish nobles to help in overthrowing Malcolm IV and replace him on the throne with the boy William fitz William, the “Boy of Egremont”, son of William fitz Duncan, grandson of King Duncan II of Scotland.[3] A series of attacks and raids were undertaken by Somerled along the coast of Scotland. Malcolm IV then demanded the fealty of Somerled and the resignation of his lands into the hands of the sovereign (although Somerled would have continued to hold them as a vassal of the Crown). When no response was given, Malcolm IV prepared to enforce his authority by assembling a powerful army at Renfrew Castle, Renfrew.[3] Somerled became aware of the Scottish forces gathering at Renfrew and decided to make a preemptive strike, assembling an army of 15,000 from all parts of his kingdom. He then had his army carried to the shores of Firth of Clyde in an armada of 160 birlinns.[1] After landing and marching towards Renfrew, the two sides met near Paisley and the battle began. The Scottish royal army, led by Walter fitz Alan, the High Steward of Scotland consisted of Scoto-Norman knights and armoured men-at-arms, and Somerled's Gaelic and Norse warriors were unable to break through their line. The fighting is said to have been very bloody on either side. Somerled was wounded in the leg by a javelin and then killed by the sword of his opponents. Somerled's eldest son Gillecallum, from his first marriage, died by his side.[3] With Somerled's death, the Gaelic and Viking army took flight and many were slain, before the survivors escaped back to the ships. • Patterson, Raymond Campbell (2008). The Lords of the Isles, A history of Clan Donald. Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited. ISBN 1-84158-718-4. • Adam, Frank (1970). The Clans, Septs, and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands. Edinburgh and London: Johnston and Bacon. ISBN 0-7179-4500-6. • Browne, James (1909). The history of Scotland, its Highlands, regiments and clans. Edinburgh, London and Boston: Francis A. Nicholls & Co. ISBN 0-548-84667-7.