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  • ID: I50123
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 995 in Fettercairn in the Mearns, Scotland
  • Note: Quoted from Dauvit Broun, ?Kenneth II (d. 995)?, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [ /15399, accessed 22 May 2007]: Kenneth II [Cináed mac Maíl Choluim] (d. 995), king in Scotland, was the son of Malcolm I (d. 954); King Dubh (d. 966) was his older brother. Kenneth, who may have married a daughter of one of the Uí Dúnlainge kings of Leinster, became king after the death of Culen in battle with the Britons of Strathclyde in 971 and reigned for twenty-four years and two months. He immediately plundered Strathclyde, but suffered a serious defeat at ?Moin Vacornar?. He repeatedly invaded England, on one occasion capturing a ?son of the king of the Saxons? (Anderson, Early Sources, 1.512). A contemporary account of the submission of Welsh kings to King Edgar of England at Chester in 973 is elaborated in later versions to include Kenneth as one of the kings who rowed a boat with Edgar at the helm. What is more certain is that c.975 King Edgar formally acknowledged Kenneth's rule over Lothian, which may have been annexed to the Scottish kingdom when Edinburgh fell to King Indulf at some time between 954 and 962. It is possible, however, that Lothian was temporarily lost to the earls of Northumbria in the last year of Kenneth's reign, 994?5. Kenneth killed Olaf (brother of King Culen) in 977, which apparently brought a lull for two decades in the rivalry between the two branches of the royal dynasty?the descendants of Constantine I (d. 876), to which Kenneth belonged, and the descendants of King Aed (d. 878), to which Kenneth's predecessor, Culen, had belonged. Kenneth was a benefactor of the church, and founded the monastery of Brechin, in Angus, perhaps as a Céli Dé community: there were Céli Dé there until the early thirteenth century. It may, however, be conjectured that Brechin was founded for strategic reasons as much as religious motives. It is situated in the north of Strathmore, the broad and fertile valley which runs north-east from the Gowrie (north of Perth) to the Mearns (in modern Kincardineshire), and may have lain in disputed territory. Kenneth apparently had trouble in Strathmore which led eventually to his death. He allegedly killed the only son of Finguala (Finella), the daughter of Conchobar, earl of Angus, at Dunsinane in the Gowrie; and, in revenge, Finguala arranged for Kenneth's assassination in 995 at Fettercairn in the Mearns?not 12 miles from Brechin. He was succeeded by Constantine III [see under Culen].


    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
      1. Has No Children Dungal
      2. Has Children MALCOLM II OF SCOTLAND b: ABT 954
      3. Has Children Boite mac Cinaeda

      1. Title: Encyclopedia Brittanica Online

        Source Medium: Electronic
        Page: Article titled Kenneth II
      2. Author: Frederick Lewis Weis
        Title: "Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to American before 1700"
        Publication: Name: Genealogical Publishing Company; Location: Baltimore, MD; Date: 1999;
          Name: Prokasy Library

        Source Medium: Book
        Page: Line 170-17

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