Ragnhild Pålsdatter of Orkney

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Ragnhild Pålsdatter of Orkney

Birthplace: Orkney Islands, Scotland
Death: Orkney Islands, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Pål Thorfinnsson, jarl of Orkney and Ragnhildr Hákonardóttir
Mother of Benedikt Skoftesson and Bergljot of Orkney
Sister of Thora Paalsdotter, of Orkney; Hakon "The Imperious" Palson, Jarl of Orkney; Herbjørg Pálsdóttir; Paulsson, III; Paulsson, I and 1 other

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About Ragnhild Pålsdatter of Orkney

Ragnhildr Pálsdóttir, daughter of Paul Thorfinnsson Orkneyjarl and his wife Hákonsdotter.


PAUL Thorfinnsson, son of THORFINN II "the Black" Jarl of Orkney & his wife Ingibjörg Finnsdatter (-in prison Bergen 1098, bur Bergen).

Orkneyinga Saga names “Paul and…Erlend” as the two sons of Jarl Thorfinn and his wife who survived childhood[309]. He succeeded his father [1065] as Joint Jarl of Orkney, jointly with his brother. Morkinskinna records that Harald III King of Norway sailed to Orkney en route for his invasion of England in 1066 and “recruited the aid of Jarl Thorfinn´s sons Páll and Erlendr”[310]. He may have fought with his father at Stamford Bridge 1066[311]. Orkneyinga Saga records that Magnus "Barelegs" King of Norway “seized the Earls, Paul and Erlend” on his arrival in Orkney, “sent them east to Norway, and made his own son Sigurd overlord of the islands with regents to govern the earldom”, adding in a later passage that Paul “was buried at Bergen”[312]. He was deposed and imprisoned in 1098 by Magnus "Barelegs" King of Norway, and died in Bergen according to Snorre[313].

m --- Haakonsdatter, daughter of HAAKON Ivarsson & his wife Ragnhild Magnusdatter of Norway. Orkneyinga Saga records that “Earl Paul Thorfinnson” married “a daughter of Earl Hakon Ivarsson”[314].

Paul & his wife had (five) children:

5. >>RAGNHILD Paulsdatter . Orkneyinga Saga names (in order) “Thora…Ingirid…Herbjorg…Ragnhild” as the daughters of “Earl Paul Thorfinnson” and his wife, adding that Ragnhild was mother of “Benedikt, father of Ingibjorg, mother of Erling the archdeacon” and “a daughter… Bergljot, who married Havard Gunnason, and their sons were Magnus, Hakon Claw, Dufniall and Thorstein”[956]. m ---. (Cawley's Medlands)

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Ragnhild Pålsdatter of Orkney's Timeline

Orkney Islands, Scotland
Age 37
Orkney Islands, Scotland