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Somerled

(d. 1164) king of the Hebrides and regulus of Argyll and Kintyre


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(d. 1164).

Somerled claimed descent from Gofraid mac Fherghusa, son of the founder of the kingdom of Dalriada. He established his position in Argyll and Kintyre at the expense of the Norse and fought for David I at the battle of the Standard in 1138. After a naval victory, he forced Gofraid of Man in 1158 to take refuge in Norway. Somerled was at peace with Malcolm IV, David's successor, in 1160, but four years later they clashed and Somerled took an expedition to Renfrew, where he was killed.

Subjects: Religion — British History.


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