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About Heming Håkonson Grant

This son of Håkon Jarl is attested by a manuscript relating to the Grant family of Scotland, dated to around the 17th century.

The same name is mentioned in Snorre.

Quote from the Monymusk text:

Heming, the Son of Hacken Grant the Protector, so named after Heming, the 54th King of Denmark.

He was married to Tora, Daughter natural to Hathen Adelstein, the first christian King of Denmark, who by his care endeavored to have his family instructed in the Christian Religion, by which means Tora is converted, and by her becoming and engaging conversation and temper she is made the instrument of her Husband, Heming Grant's becoming Christian.

  • (Remark by Fritz Bekkadal: I believe that Tore was the daugther of Håkon den gode Adalsteinsfostre - the first Christian Norwegian King. The first Christian Danish King was Harald "Bluetooth" Gormsson, and there is no trace of Hathen Adelstein being the first Chistian King of Denmark)

This profession however satisfying to Heming and his Lady Tora, yet was so irritating to Hacken Grant his father, that either a renunciation of Christianity or a disowning as Son is proposed to Heming to chuse. For Hacken the Protector was so addicted to his heathenish religion and idolatrous esteem and worship of his old progenitor Wodine, that to revolt from his opinion was a deadly sin and unpardonable crime in his posterity.

Now the alternative being proposed and a necessity of a choice declared, Heming, after serious thoughts, declares that he would rather be disowned by his father than of his Saviour, and therefore he is determined to undergo the greatest sufferings rather than renounce the Christian religion, upon which his heathenish and implacable Father, being great in power as well as zealous in Idolatry, procures an order to banish his son Heming, which order had such effect, that good Heming together with his Lady and children are obliged to depart and remove from the Kingdom of Norway and suffer harsh dealings in their exile in Dub Linh, the Viking settlement we know today as Dublin, so that his Lady Tora died, leaving four sons and two daughters behind.

The daughters were named Astred the elder and Gurrie the younger, both were honorably married, and from them descended a numerous and noble posterity in Norway, as by the means and education of their Parents these daughters were christianly instructed, so that they had such a respectful regard for the religion that they did profess, that they caused build two churches with their staples and all armaments suitable, within a fathom of each other within nine miles to Christiania in Norway, as yet remarkable and called Off Grants, and the Parishioners or people about these churches are called in their language Grant sogn, that is Grant's Parishioners.

There were four Sons descended of the worthy and deceased Tora, who continued in exile with their father Heming.

- The Eldest was Andlaw or Allon Grant, of whom the name of Grant descended;

- Gregorie, of whom the name of Macgregorie, of Glenstrue, in Scotland, descended (save such as alledge themselves to be descended of Gregorius, King of Scotland);

- Rowin, because red haired was third son to Heming, the Representative and Progenitor of the name of Rowin or Ruthvin, in Scotland, and was after Earl of Gowrie.

- Fingone was fourth Son to Heming Grant, and of him descended the name of Mac Fingone or Mac Kinnon in Scotland, and to this day there is a warmness of heart betwixt these four names, as being descended of our Father Heming.

Heming, now much tried by his exile from his native land, and loss of his dear and good lady, resolved to forsake all rather than forsake christianity; and thus, with his sons going on as Providence would order their lot. At length Heming, coming to Ireland, was respected suitable to his character, and is married to Isabella, daughter of the Prince of Dublin of whom he begat several hopeful children.

The Sons of Heming became men of deserved esteem in the world, and coming to Scotland do begin to inherit, and to this day their posterity enjoy their inheritance in Scotland. After a good age Heming dies about the 10th Century.

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Heming, the Son of Hacken Grant the Protector, so named after Heming, the 54th King of Denmark. This Heming was a man of no less goodness than greatness, being married to Tora, Daughter natural to Hathen Adelstein, the first Christian King of Denmark, who by his care endeavored to have his family instructed in the Christian Religion, by which means Tora is converted, and by her becoming and engaging conversation and temper she is made the instrument of her Husband, Heming Grants becoming Christian.

This profession however satisfying to Heming and his Lady Tora, yet was so irritating to Hacken Grant his father, that either a renunciation of Christianity or a disowning as Son is proposed to Heming to chuse. For Hacken the Protector was so addicted to his heathenish religion and idolatrous esteem and worship of his old progenitor Wodine, that to revolt from his opinion was a deadly sin and unpardonable crime in his posterity. [Now the alternative being proposed and a necessity of a choice declared, Heming, after serious thoughts, declares that he would rather be disowned by his father than of his Saviour, and therefore he is determined to undergo the greatest sufferings rather than renounce the Christian religion, upon which his heathenish and implacable Father, being great in power as well as zealous in Idolatry, procures ane Order to banish his Son Heming, which Order had such effect, that good Heming together with his Lady and children are obliged to depart and remove from the Kingdom of Norway and suffer harsh dealings in their Exile, so that his Lady Tora died, leaving four sons and two daughters behind her; the daughters were named Astred the elder and Gurrie the younger, both were honorably married, and from them descended a numerous and noble posterity in Norway, as by the means and education of their Parents these Daughters were Christianly instructed, so that they had such a respectful regard for the Religion that they did profess, that they caused build two churches with their staples and all armaments suitable, within a fathom of each other within nine miles to Christiania in Norway, as yet remarkable and called Off Grants, and the Parishioners or people about these Churches are called in their language Grant sogn, that is Grants Parishioners.

There were four Sons descended of the worthy and deceased Tora, who continued in exile with their father Heming. The Eldest was Andlaw or Allon Grant, of whom the name of Grant descended; Gregorie, of whom the name of Macgregorie, of Glenstrue, in Scotland, descended (save such as alledge themselves to be descended of Gregorius, King of Scotland); Rowin, because red haired was third son to Heming, the Representative and Progenitor of the name of Rowin or Ruthvin, in Scotland, and was after Earl of Gowrie. Fingone was fourth Son to Heming Grant, and of him descended the name of Mac Fingone or Mac Kinnon in Scotland, and to this day there is a warmness of heart betwixt these four names, as being descended of our Father Heming.

Heming, now much tryed by his Exile from his native land, and loss of his dear and good lady, resolved to forsake all rather than forsake Christianity; and thus, with his Sons going on as Providence would order their lot, att length Heming, coming to Ireland, was respected suitable to his character, and is married to Isabella, daughter of the Prince of Dublin of whom he begat several hopeful children.

The Sons of Heming became men of deserved esteem in the world, and coming to Scotland do begin to inherit, and to this day their posterity enjoy their inheritance in Scotland. After a good age Heming dies about the 10th Century.

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Heming Håkonson Grant's Timeline

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Hlade, Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway
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