Unknown sister of Somerled, of the Isles

Moray, Ross, Scotland

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Unknown sister of Somerled, of the Isles

Also Known As: "of Ross", "Mariotte"
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Gillebrigde?
Wife of Malcolm MacAlexandair and Malcolm MacEth, Earl of Ross
Mother of Donald mac Malcolm and Gormflaeth (Hvafleva) MacEth
Sister of Somerled, “King of the Isles”

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About Unknown sister of Somerled, of the Isles

See Project Malcolm MacHeth & Malcolm MacAlexandair

cf Brother [and sister], parents not known:

  • 1. SOMERLED (-killed in battle 1164). Balfour Paul says that the first reference to Somerled records him as living in the district of Morven with his father Gillebride, but he does not cite the precise source[1019]. Lord of Argyll. He acquired control of the Western Isles and assumed the title "King of the Isles". The Chronicle of Melrose records that Somerled Lord of Argyll landed at Renfrew in 1164, after 12 years of rebellion against Malcolm IV King of Scotland, with a large army from Ireland but was defeated and killed with his son[1020]. The Extracta ex Cronicis Scocie records that "Sumerlendus regulus Ergadie" rebelled against King Malcolm for 12 years, landed at Renfrew from Ireland, and was killed "et filium suum Gillecolanem", among passages dealing with events in 1164[1021]. The Annals of Ulster record that "Somharlidh Mac Gilla-Adhamhnain and his son were killed" in 1164[1022]. The Book of Clanranald records that that no battle was fought and that Somerled was killed in his tent, after which his followers dispersed[1023]. m --- of Man, illegitimate daughter of OLAV King of Man & his mistress ---. The Chronicon Manniæ et Insularum records that “Olavus filius Godredi Crovan” had many concubines by whom he fathered “filios tres…Reignaldum, Lagmannum et Haraldum et filias multas”, adding that one daughter married “Sumerledo regulo Herergaildel”[1024]. Balfour Paul names her "Ragnhildis" but he does not cite the corresponding primary source[1025]. Somerled & his wife had five children:
  • 2. --. Her parentage and marriage are confirmed by John of Fordun’s Scotichronicon (Continuator) records that "Summerledus regulus Ergadiæ et sui nepotes, filii…Malcolmi Macheth" rebelled against King Malcolm IV in the first year of his reign[1040]. This assumes that the term "nepos" should be interpreted as "nephews" in that source. Her marriage date is estimated assuming that it is correct that her husband was imprisoned from 1134, before which his two children must have been born. There would be no such restriction on the date if Malcolm son of King Alexander I and Malcolm MacHeth were two different persons as suggested by Duncan[1041]. m ([1130]%29 MALCOLM MacEth … ([1105/15]-23 Oct 1168). He was created Earl of Ross in 1162 or before.] NOW BELIEVED SHE MARRIED MALCOLM MAC ALEXANDER. See Malcolm MacEth vs Malcolm MacAlexander Project [Sharon Oct 2020]
  • http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/SCOTTISH%20NOBILITY.htm#_ftnref1019

"The Mackays of Strathnaver," pg 305a; her husband was Earl of Ross in 1157 by King Malcolm; then deposed by the inhabitants circa 1160; she is listed as a sister of Somerled

home4.swipnet.se/~w-46318/pucko3076.htm provides her given name

Pedigree of the Mackay-South Family prepared by the late Iain Moncreiffe Bt, Burkes Peerage (www.burkes-peerage-baronetage.com/sites/contents/book/scotland...) states she was the sister of the powerful King of the Isles, Somerled MacGilliebride, Lord of Argyll, ancestor of the MacDonald Lords of the Isles.

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Moray, Scotland, United Kingdom
Roxburn Castle, Morayshire, Scotland (United Kingdom)