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3. GUTHFRITH (-934). The Annals of Ulster record that "the foreigners of Loch dá Chaech i.e. Ragnall king of the dark foreigners and the two jarls Oitir and Gragabai forsook Ireland and proceeded…against Scotland” in 918, “Gothfrith grandson of Imar” leading a battalion in a battle “on the bank of the Tyne in northern Saxonland” where Oitir and Gragabai were killed[1208]. King of Dublin: the Annals of the Four Masters record that “Godfrey grandson of Imhar took up his residence at Ath-Cliath” in 919[1209]. The Annals of Ulster record that of "Gothfrith grandson of Imar entered Ath Cliath” in 921[1210]. The Annals of the Four Masters record in 925 that “Godfrey with his foreigners left Ath-cliath but came back after six months”[1211]. The Annals of Ulster record in 926 that "Gothfrith king of the foreigners came from Ath Cliath to relieve" the remaining army of "Alpthann son of Gothfrith” besieged at “Ath Cruithne”[1212]. The Annals of Ulster record in 927 that "Gothfrith abandoned Ath Cliath, and Gothfrith returned again within six months" in the passage after the one reporting the death of "Sitruic grandson of Imar, king of the dark foreigners and the fair foreigners”[1213], suggesting that Guthfrith left for York to claim the succession of King Sihtric. The Annals of the Four Masters record in 929 that “Godfrey went into Osraighe to expel the grandson of Imhar from Magh-Roighne”[1214]. The Annals of Ulster record that in 930 "Gothfrith grandson of Ímar with the foreigners of Áth Cliath razed Derc Ferna"[1215]. Florence of Worcester records that he was expelled by Æthelstan King of Wessex[1216], and William of Malmesbury that he sought refuge with Constantine King of the Scots[1217]. After returning to lay siege briefly to York, he surrendered to Æthelstan and was allowed to return to Ireland. The Annals of Ulster record the death in 934 of "Gothfrith grandson of Ímar…of a sickness"[1218].
m ---. The name of Guthfrith's wife is not known. Guthfrith & his wife had four children:

  1. Olaf
  2. Halfdan
  3. Blacaire
  4. Rægnald

ID: I23003 Name: Gothfraidh ua Ímair Sex: M Birth: ABT 890 Reference Number: 23003 Note: Also called Guðrøðr Old Norse. Gothfraidh ua Ímair was referred to as "Godfrey, grandson of Imhar".1 He was born circa 890. He was the son of N.N. mac Ímair. He and rí Dubgall & Finngall Ragnald ua Ímair were fought a battle with the Scots under Constantine II, with great slaughter on both sides in 918 in the Battle of Tinemore.2,3 Annals of Ulster 918: "The foreigners of Loch dá Chaech, i.e. Ragnall, king of the dark foreigners, and the two jarls, Oitir and Gragabai, forsook Ireland and proceeded afterwards against the men of Scotland. The men of Scotland, moreover, moved against them and they met on the bank of the Tyne in northern Saxonland. The heathens formed themselves into four battalions: a battalion with Gothfrith grandson of Ímar, a battalion with the two jarls, and a battalion with the young lords. There was also a battalion in ambush with Ragnall, which the men of Scotland did not see. The Scotsmen routed the three battalions which they saw, and made a very great slaughter of the heathens, including Oitir and Gragabai. Ragnall, however, then attacked in the rear of the Scotsmen, and made a slaughter of them, although none of their kings or earls was cut off. Nightfall caused the battle to be broken off. / Gaill Locha Da Caech do dergiu Erenn, .i. Ragnall rí Dubgall, & na da iarla, .i. Ottir & Graggabai & sagaith dóoib iar sin co firu Alban. Fir Alban dono ara cenn-somh co comairnechtar for bru Tine la Saxanu Tuaiscirt. Do-gensat in genti cethrai catha dibh, .i. cath la Gothbrith ua n-Imair; cath lasna da iarla; cath lasna h-óc-tigerna. Cath dano la Raghnall i n-eroloch nad-acadur fir Alban. Roinis re feraibh Alban forsna tri catha ad-conncadur co rolsat ár n-dimar dina genntibh im Ottir & im Graggabai. Raghnall dono do-fuabairt iar suidhiu i l-lorg fer n-Alban coro la ar dibh acht nad-farcbath ri na mor-móer di suidibh. Nox prelium dirimit."3 Annals of the Four Masters 919: "Godfrey, grandson of Imhar, took up his residence at Ath-cliath; and Ard-Macha was afterwards plundered by him and his army, on the Saturday before St. Martin's festival; but he spared the oratories, with their Ceile-Des Culdees, and the sick. The country was plundered by him in every direction, i. e. westwards as far as Inis-Labhradha, eastwards as far as the Banna, and northwards as far as Magh-Uillseann. / Gofraith ua h-Iomhair do ghabháil fosadh i n-Ath Cliath, & Ard Macha d'orccain lais iaramh, & la a shlógh isin Satharn ria fél Martain, & na taighe ernaighe do anacal lais cona lucht do chélibh Dé, & do lobhraibh. An tír do arccain lais in gach aird .i. siar co h-Inis Labhradha, soir co Banna, fo thuaith co Magh Uillsen." ( (an unknown value)).4 Annals of Ulster 921: "Gothfrith grandson of Ímar entered Áth Cliath. / Goithbrith h. Imair i n-Ath Cliath."5 King of Dublin in Ireland, between 921 and 934. Annals of Ulster 924: "Gothfrith, grandson of Ímar, made an expedition from Áth Cliath to Luimnech, and a very large company of his followers were left behind dead with Ailche's son. / Sloghadh la Gothbrith h. n-Imair o Ath Cliath co Luimnech co fargbadh slogh dimar dia muintir la m. n-Ailche."6 He left Ireland with his foreigners (but returned after six months) in 925.7 He and Amlaíb Cuarán mac Sitric of Dublin were expelled from York by King Aethelstan of Wessex in 927. King of York between 927 and 934. He demolished and plundered, with the foreigners of Ath-cliath, Dearc Fearna, where one thousand persons were killed in this year, as is stated in this quatrain:"

1] Nine hundred years without sorrow, twenty-eight, it has been proved, 2] Since Christ came to our relief, to the plundering of Dearc-Fearna. In 928.1 Annals of the Four Masters 932: "Godfrey, lord of the foreigners, died. / Gothfrith, tighearna Gall, d'écc." ( (an unknown value)).8 He died in 932.8 Chronicon Scotorum 934: "Gothfrith, king of the foreigners, died of a most painful disease."9 Annals of Ulster 934: "Gothfrith, grandson of Ímar, a most cruel king of the Norsemen, died of a sickness. / Gothfrith h. h-Imair, ri crudelissimus Nordmannorum, dolore mortuus est."10

Children of Gothfraidh ua Ímair: Amlaíb Ceannchairech mac Gothfraidh of Dublin b. c 910, d. 941 Harald Guthfrithsson of Dublin+ b. c 910 Blacair Guthfrithson of Dublin b. a 910, d. c 945

[S334] Emma Ryan Vol. 1, Myriam Priour Vol. 2 & 3 and Floortje Hondelink Vol. 4, compiler, Annala Rioghachta Eireann: Annals of the kingdom of Ireland by the Four Masters, from the earliest period to the year 1616 (College Road, Cork, Ireland: CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts: a project of University College, Cork, 1998), M928.4. Hereinafter cited as A4M. [S593] Picts, manuscript, MS. COLB. BIB. IMP. PARIS, 4126., Internet, unknown repository address, makes it a victory for the Scots. [S897] [unknown], The Annals of Ulster, AD 431-1131 (College Road, Cork, Ireland : University College Cork, 1997), U918.4. Hereinafter cited as AU. [S334] Emma Ryan Vol. 1, Myriam Priour Vol. 2 & 3 and Floortje Hondelink Vol. 4, A4M, M919.12/.15. [S897] [unknown], AU, U921.5. [S897] [unknown], AU, U924.3. [S334] Emma Ryan Vol. 1, Myriam Priour Vol. 2 & 3 and Floortje Hondelink Vol. 4, A4M, M925.9. [S334] Emma Ryan Vol. 1, Myriam Priour Vol. 2 & 3 and Floortje Hondelink Vol. 4, A4M, M932.5. [S333] W. Hennessy, editor, Chronicon Scotorum (London: Rolls Series 46, 1866), Annal CS934. Hereinafter cited as Chronicon Scotorum. [S897] [unknown], AU, U934.1.

Father: N.N. mac Ímair b: ABT 860 Mother: Unknown Unknown

Marriage 1 Unknown Unknown Children Has Children Harald Guthfrithsson of Dublin b: ABT 910 Has No Children Amlaíb Ceannchairech mac Gothfraidh of Dublin b: ABT 910 Has No Children Blacair Guthfrithson of Dublin b: AFT 910