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  • ID: I08034
  • Name: Godfrey (Gofraidh) MACFERGUS , na Oriel 1
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Godfrey MacFergus na /Oriel/
  • Name: Godfrey MacFergus of the ISLES 2
  • Birth: ABT 805 in Oriel (Monaghan, Armagh, Fermanagh, Louth & Derry), Ireland
  • Death: 853 in Western Isles (Hebrides), Scotland 1
  • Note:
    The following was excerpted from a post to SGM, 21 Apr 1997, by Stewart Baldwin (see notes under Solomon of Dublin (b. 1045) for the other part of his Somerled pedigree, which I have not followed):

    From: Stewart Baldwin (sbald AT auburn.campus.mci.net)
    Subject: Re: SOMERLED, Lord of the Isles
    Newsgroups: soc.genealogy.medieval
    Date: 1997/04/21

    The best account of the ancestry of Somerled of which I am aware is the article "The origins and ancestry of Somerled", by W. D. H. Sellar, which appeared in "The Scottish Historical Review", vol. 45 (1966), pp. 123-142. This article lists all of the earliest known manuscripts giving the genealogy of Somerled, and then discusses the reliability of the genealogy in detail. To make a long story short, he accepted the genealogy as being probably reliable back to the early ninth century, as follows:

    1. Fergus, probably a member of the minor Irish sept of Ui Maic Uais.

    In his article, Sellar rejected as "preposterous fiction" the claim that Fergus was the same person as the king of Dalriada of that name who reigned from 778 until 781. His exact line of descent from the Ui Maic Uais is unknown. (The traditional genealogy of Fergus is chronologically impossible by several hundred years.)

    2. Gofraidh (Godfrey), son of Fergus, whose name betrays a likely Norse connection, said by the Annals of the Four Masters to have gone from Oirgiall to Alba (Scotland) at the request of Kenneth MacAlpin in 836. Godfrey's death is given by the Annals of the Four Masters as 853. The Annals of the Four Masters are a very late compilation, and not always to be trusted, but Sellar argued that they should be accepted as reliable in this case.

    Note: Not only did Godfrey marry a daughter of Alpin, but one of his daughters (presumably by an earlier wife) married Alpin's son Kenneth MacAlpin.




    Father: Fergus na ORIEL b: ABT 780 in Oriel (Monaghan, Armagh, Fermanagh, Louth & Derry), Ireland

    Marriage 1 Unknown First WIFE b: ABT 810 in Scotland
      Children
      1. Has No Children Daughter of Godfrey MacFergus of the ISLES b: ABT 827 in Western Isles (Hebrides), Scotland

      Marriage 2 Miss ARGYLL b: ABT 812 in Argyll, Strathclyde, Scotland
      • Married: 837
      Children
      1. Has Children Many Generations after MACFERGUS b: BET 838 AND 1050 in Western Isles (Hebrides), Scotland

      Sources:
      1. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups - google.com
        Page: Stewart Baldwin, 21 Apr 1997
      2. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups - google.com
        Page: Lyle Anderson, 3 Feb 2000
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