S. of Dub; king of Scots 997–1005; d. Monzievaird, 1005; bur. Iona(?).
Having slain Constantine III (997), his line's final victory over Aed's descendants, it remains unclear whether it was Kenneth who succeeded to the kingship, or his son Giric, or whether they ruled jointly. Both have been given an eight-year reign before being killed at Monzievaird (west of Perth) by Kenneth's first cousin, Malcolm II, who thereby realized his father's ambition of triumphing over the house of Dub; this, however, contributed to the feud which resulted in the killing in 1040 of Duncan I (Malcolm's grandson) by Macbeth who had married Kenneth III's granddaughter, Gruoch.
Subjects: British History.