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Giolla Brighid mac Gille Adomnain

Also Known As: "Gillibrigdi", "Gillebride of Clan Angus", "Gillebride Mac Gille Adomnan of the ISLES"
Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Morven, Argyleshire, Scotland
Death: circa 1164 (66-82)
Renfrewshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of Gille Adomnan Siol-Cuinn and Wife of Gilledomnan
Husband of NN Sigurdsdattir; NN mother of NN Gillebridedatter; N.N., Wife of Gillebride mac Gille Adomnan and Guttorm Gråskjegg; Hvarflad (Gormflaeth) Haakonsdottir and Bethoc
Father of Somerled, King of the Hebrides; NN MacGillebride Doittir; Angus Macgillebride, founder of Clan MacInnes; Marirotte and NN Gillebridedatter, of the Isles
Half brother of bethoc gille

Occupation: Norsk adelsmann, Prince of Argyll, Thane of Argyle, Prince of Argyll., Jarl
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.

See "My Lines"

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from Compiler: R. B. Stewart, Evans, GA

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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)


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Giolla Brighid mac Gille Adomnain's Timeline

Morven, Argyleshire, Scotland
Age 23
Argyll (Argyleshire), Scotland
Age 28
Age 33
Age 74
Renfrewshire, Scotland
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom