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Gruoch

(c. 1032)


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Da. of Boite (s. of Kenneth III); m. (1) GilleComgáin; (2) Macbeth, c.1032.

Gruoch was wife first of GilleComgáin, who ruled Moray after murdering Findlaech, and bore him Lulach, who was later king of Scots (1057–8). Findlaech's son, Macbeth, avenged his father's death and took the widowed Gruoch as his own wife, thereby healing the internal Moray feud. As granddaughter of Kenneth III, she was a descendant of a rival line which Malcolm II had tried to destroy; the feud between Macbeth's Moray dynasty and the house of Kenneth mac Alpin was thereby intensified, as was that between the houses of Kenneth II (father of Malcolm II) and Kenneth III. Shakespeare's depiction of Lady Macbeth as scheming and ambitious has no historical foundation.

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