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Gruoch (Boite) MacRory (abt. 1015 - 1060)

Gruoch "Queen of the Scots" MacRory formerly Boite aka MacRory
Born about in Scotlandmap
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married 1032 [location unknown]
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Died at about age 45 in Lumphanan, Aberdeenshire, Scotlandmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Apr 2013
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Medieval Scotland
Gruoch (Boite) MacRory was an inhabitant of Medieval Scotland.
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Gruoch (Boite) MacRory is a member of House of Alpin.
European Aristocracy
Gruoch Boite was a member of the aristocracy in Scotland.


  • Gruoch ingen Boite (Gruoch, the daughter of Boite) [1]
  • Gruoch of Scotland[1]
  • Gruadh inghean Bodhe mac Cineadh mhin Dubh Gruoch
  • Gruoch ingen Boite meic Cináeda
  • Lady MacBeth[2]

Birth Year Estimation

Gruoch is said to have flourished 1020-1054. [1] One flourishes as an adult, so estimate her birth as, say, the year 1005.

Before 1032 First Marriage to Gille Coemgáin

m.1 ante 1032 Gille Coemgáin of Moray, born 1000, died d.1032). [3]

Before 1032 Gruoch was married to Gille Coemgáin mac Maíl Brigti, Mormaer of Moray, with whom she had at least one son, Lulach mac Gille Coemgáin, later King of Scots. Gille Coemgáin was killed in 1032, burned in a hall with 50 of his men. The next year one of her male relatives, probably her only brother, was murdered by Malcolm II. [1]

Gruoch of Scotland, mustered fierce opposition against Malcolm II, who responded by killing her first husband, Gillacomgen of Moray.

Second Marriage to MacBeth

m.2 "MacBeth"[4]

Gruoch ... then pregnant... fled to her cousin-in-law Macbeth, son of Donada and Findlaech. Shortly after, in 1032, she married him and became Lady Macbeth.

1041 Death and Burial

She died about 1041 and is buried at Iona.


Gruoch had one child by her first husband Gille:

  1. Lulach mac Gille Coemgáin (ante 1033 – 17 Mar 1058)[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Wikipedia: Gruoch of Scotland
  2. Shakespeare reference: "Lady MacBeth"
  3. Wikipedia: Gille Coemgáin of Moray
  4. Wikipedia: Macbeth, King of Scotland
  5. Wikipedia: Lulach

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Gruoch-1 and Boite-6 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate
If this woman is the same as the Wikipedia article below, she is mistakenly married to the wrong Macbeth

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