Harald III Ungi, Earl of Orkney

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About Harald III Ungi, Earl of Orkney

Harald Eiríksson (fl. 1190s), also known as Harald the Young, was joint Earl of Orkney with Harald Maddadsson. He was the son of Orkney chief Eirik Stagbrell and Ingerid Ragnvaldsdotter, the daughter of Rögnvald Kali Kolsson, the former Earl of Orkney.

Family

INGIGERD. Orkneyinga Saga records the marriage of “Earl Rognvald…his daughter Ingerid” and “Eirik Stay-Brails”[917].

 

m (Sutherland Spring 1156) ERIK Slagbrellir, son of ERIL Streita & his wife Audhild [daughter of Thorliot].

Erik & his wife had [seven] children: (Cawley's Medlands)

(1) HARALD Eriksson "Ungi" ([1156]-killed in battle Wick 1198). Orkneyinga Saga names (in order) “Harald the Young, Magnus Mangi and Rognvald” as the three sons of “Eirik Stay-Brails”, adding that King Magnus Erlingsson gave Harald the title Jarl[918]. Invested with his grandfather's ½ of Orkney by Magnus V Erlingsson King of Norway, although he did not press this claim against Jarl Kali-Ragnvald. He obtained a grant of his grandfather's half of Caithness from William "the Lion" King of Scotland[919]. He asserted his claim to Orkney after this was regranted to him by [Sverre] King of Norway. Jarl Harald Maddadson rejected his claim and defeated him at the battle of Wick in 1198. (Cawley's Medlands)

(2) MAGNUS Mangi (-killed in battle near Fimreite on Sognefjord 15 Jun 1184).

(3) ROGNVALD.

(4) INGEBIORG.

(5) ELIN.

(6) RAGNHILD.

(7) daughter.

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