S. of Donald I; king of Scots 878–89; d. 889; bur. Iona(?).
A nephew of Kenneth mac Alpin, Giric objected to the Scottish kingship continuing solely in the hands of Kenneth's sons and their descendants, and gained power after slaying his first cousin, Áed (878). He was supported by Eochaid, whose guardian he may have been, and who was a grandson of Kenneth I through his mother. They appear to have ruled jointly until their expulsion in 889 by Donald II (another grandson of Kenneth). After this, Giric's segment of Alpin's dynasty was excluded from the Scottish succession. At a time of struggle for the control of Bernicia, Giric has been credited with successful English campaigns. It was also claimed that he freed the Scottish church from Pictish servitude, which led to his later mythical inflation as ‘Gregory the Great’.
Subjects: British History.