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Ragnall ua Ímair

Also Known As: "KIng Ivar's grandson"
Death: 921
Immediate Family:

Son of Unidentified child of Ivarr
Husband of Slani ingen Brian
Father of Ivar II Ragnallson, King of Man and York and Mac Ragnaill
Brother of Ivar ua Ímair; Niel ua Ímair; Godfrey ua Ímair and Unnamed grandson of Imhar

Occupation: Konge av Dublin og Wather
Managed by: Henn Sarv
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About Ragnall ua Ímair, King of Waterford, York and Dublin

Norse warrior chieftain and king in the Irish Sea area.

  • Father: Unknown, presumed son of Ivar king in Dublin, who may be Ivar the Boneless.
  • Mother: Unknown.
  • Wife: Unknown
  • Children: Unknown


Ragnall ua Ímair From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ragnall (Old Norse: Rögnvaldr; Old Irish: Ragnall ua Ímair;[1] died c. 920) was a Norse emperor or overlord of northern Britain, including Northumbria, the entire Irish Sea region including the Isle of Man, south to Waterford and briefly much of the Irish province of Munster, and then returning to Britain, briefly York as distinct from Northumbria at this time. According to the majority of modern scholars, at his height he was the most powerful Norse ruler the Anglo-Celtic Isles had yet seen. Ragnall was one of the grandsons of Ímar, the dynasty known as the Uí Ímair or House of Ivar, along with his contemporary kinsmen Sihtric Cáech and Gofraid. Although once questioned, the identity between the Ragnall of the Irish Sea and Ragnald of northern Britain is no longer in doubt.[2] He may or may not have ruled territory in western and northern Scotland including the Hebrides and Northern Isles, but contemporary sources are silent on this matter.[3]

Ivar of Waterford, the dynamic king of Waterford and briefly king of Dublin, was probably Ragnall's grandson.[15]

http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/IRELAND.htm#_Toc389126206 v3.1 Updated 27 January 2016

2. RÆGNALD (-921). Simeon of Durham records that "King Reingwald and earl Oter and Osvul Cracabane" broke into and plundered "Dunbline" in 912[1204]. The Annals of Ulster record that "Ragnall grandson of Imar” defeated “Barid son of Oitir” in “a naval battle at Manu” in 914[1205]. He descended on the Northumbrian coast between 913 and 915, and at Corbridge defeated an army led by Constantine King of the Scots and Ealdred ealdorman of Bernicia. The Annals of Ulster record that "Sitriuc grandson of Imar landed with his fleet at Cenn Fuait on the coast of Laigin” and “Ragnall grandson of Imar with his second fleet moved against the foreigners of Loch dá Chaech” in 917[1206]. 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[1207]. Following an expedition against the Scots in 918, he stormed York in 919 and declared himself King of York. Simeon of Durham records that "King Inguald stormed York" in 919[1208]. Florence of Worcester records that "rex Scottorum…Reignoldus rex Danorum…rex Streatcledwalorum" submitted to King Eadward and signed a treaty, undated but dateable to [920/22] from the context[1209]. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle dates this event to 923[1210], which is not compatible with Rægnald´s date of death in 921 as recorded in the Annals of Ulster. In accepting Edward "the Elder" King of Wessex as overlord, Rægnald gained acceptance of his new kingdom. The Annals of Ulster record the death in 921 of "Ragnall grandson of Imar, king of the fair foreigners and the dark foreigners”[1211].

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