|Somerled (Somhairlidh) Lord of Argyll, Kintyre and Lorne
Somerled (Somhairlidh) Lord of Argyll, Kintyre and Lorne 1
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"The MacVurichs, whose line of bards and historians to the Island Family go back almost to the time of Somerled himself, agree with the others in their account of his first appearance on the stage of history. When first referred to, he is living a quiet life in the district of Morven with his father Gillebride. Somewhat earlier than the middle of the twelfth century, it appears that a strenuous effort was made by the native tribes of Argyll to free themselves from the Scandinavian yoke under which they had so long chafed. What part Somerled played in the early part of this struggle does not appear, but finally the tribes made choice of him as their leader. After a series of skirmishes, the Scandinavians were driven to their galleys and retired in utter confusion from the mainland of Argyll to the Isles." (page 28)
Somerled married Ragnhildis Princess of Man and the Isles, daughter of Olave King of Man and the Isles and Unknown, in 1140.1 (Ragnhildis Princess of Man and the Isles was born about 1122.)
"Somerled having gained possession of the mainland territory of his family, assumed the title of Thane or Regulus of Argyll. But he was not satisfied with the conquest of Argyll. It became his settled policy to subdue the Kingdom of Man and the Isles as well. Meanwhile a temporary friendship was effected between him and Olave, King of Man and the Isles, through the marriage of Somerled and Ragnhildis, the daughter of Olave. This marriage, which took place in 1140, was, according to the author of the Chronicles of Man, the cause of the ultimate ruin of the Norwegian Kingdom of the Isles." (page 29)
e-books, The Scots Peerage ed. Sir James Balfour Paul vol. 5 (1908).