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  • ID: I12413
  • Name: Gilla ADOMNAIN , of the Isles 1
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: Gilledomnan of the /Isles/
  • Birth: ABT 1065 in Island of Islay, Western Isles (Hebrides), Scotland
  • Death: Deceased in Ireland
  • Note:
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    Hailes in his Annals related that, in 973, Marcus, King of the Isles; Kenneth, King of the Scots, and Malcolm, King of the Cambri, entered into a bond for mutual defense. Then followed Gilledomman, the grandfather of Somerled. Gilledomnan was driven from the Isles by the Scandinavians, and died in Ireland, where he had taken refuge.

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    The following, referring to the above quote, was included in a post-em by Curt Hofemann,

    Actually the originator of the quote is: "History of the Clan McDonald: The Families of MacDonald, McDonald and McDonnell", by Henry Lee, R. L. Polk & Co., Inc., New York (Copyright 1920). For a more complete quote, see Gen-Medieval 3 Feb 2002 message from Lyle R. (Andy) Anderson Subject: Re: Fergus of Galloway-Somerled Connections??

    Flwg is from: The Lords of the Isles
    While there are often only four officially recognized Lords of the Isles, the history of this reign actually stretches back another 7 generations to one Gilledomnan (or Gille Adomnan) who was married to the heiress of Godfrey McFergus, Lord of the Hebrides who died in 853 AD.

    The McFergus branch of the old royal family had stayed in the Western Isles of Scotland to do battle with the invading Vikings who had begun attacking the Western Isles in 793 A. D.

    Gilledomnan took refuge in Ireland to seek military support. While there, his daughter married Harold Gillis, King of Norway in an attempt to bring peace.

    Gilledomnan... married the heiress of the marital union of Godfrey McFergus and the daughter of Alpin. Godfrey was Prince of Oriel. Alpin was King of Argyll. Whether Gilledomnan was predominately Celtic or Viking is unknown. He was very highly regarded as his daughter married Harold Gillis, King of Norway. His wife's ancestor was Alpin, King of Argyll, who was the son of Eochaid, King of Argyll c. 781 who was married to a sister of Unuist, King of the Picts. This was the beginning of the union of Scots and Picts into the kingdom of Scotland. Later they were officially joined under Kenneth McAlpin.


    Father: Solomon (Solamh\Solmund) of DUBLIN b: ABT 1040 in Dublin, Ireland

    Marriage 1 Heiress of MACFERGUS , na Oriel b: ABT 1077 in Western Isles (Hebrides), Scotland
      1. Has Children Gillebride Mac Gille Adomnan of the ISLES b: ABT 1095 in Morven, Argyllshire, Scotland

      1. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups -
        Page: Stewart Baldwin, 21 Apr 1997
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