Gregor  (MacAlpin) of Scotland

Gregor (MacAlpin) of Scotland (abt. 0810 - 0858)

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Gregor (Kenneth I) "Giric, Cináed mac Ailpín, King of Picts and of Scotland" of Scotland formerly MacAlpin
Born about in Iona, Argyleshire (Dalriada), Scotlandmap
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Died in Cinnbelachoir, Fortevoit, Perth, Scotlandmap
Profile last modified | Created 11 May 2012
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Preceded by
King of the Picts
abt 848 - 13 February 858
Succeeded by
Donald I



King of Dalriada ( 841 - 844)
King of the Picts ( 844) as Kenneth III
King of Scots ( 844 - 858)

Prince Gregor

Prince Gregor, aka Giric, was born to King Dungal, born before 0782

FROM the link=STATES that Giric, Gregor, was the son of Dungal.

"Gregory the Great-- By the 12th century, Giric had acquired legendary status as liberator of the Scottish church from Pictish oppression and, fantastically, as conqueror of Ireland and most of England. As a result Giric was known as Gregory the Great. This tale appears in the variant of the Chronicle of the Kings of Alba which is interpolated in Andrew of Wyntoun's Orygynale Cronykil of Scotland. Here Giric, or Grig, is named "Makdougall", son of Dúngal. Giric, and Eochaid, are omitted from the Duan Albanach, but they are not unique in this.

This account, found in the Poppleton Manuscript, is not matched by other regnal lists. The lists known as "D", "F", "I", "K", and "N",[9] contain a different version, copied by the Chronicle of Melrose.[10] List "D", which may be taken as typical, contains this account of Giric:

Giric, Dungal's son, reigned for twelve years; and he died in Dundurn, and was buried in Iona. He subdued to himself all Ireland, and nearly [all] England; and he was the first to give liberty to the Scottish church, which was in servitude up to that time, after the custom and fashion of the Picts.[11]

Giric's conquests appear as Bernicia, rather than Ireland (Hibernia), in some versions. William Forbes Skene saw a connection between this and the account in the Historia de Sancto Cuthberto which claims that soon after the death of King Halfdan, the Northumbrians and the Northmen united under King Guthfrith to defeat a Scots invasion.[12]

The children of Dungal and his wife were:

  • Prince Dongallus b: 0880
  • Donald MACALPIN b: 0880
  • Gorbredius MACALPIN

Dungal's death is recorded at circa 0889 in Dundurn, Strathearn And his burial was on the island of Iona.

Note. Iona Abbey is located on Iona island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Famed as the burial island of ancient Scottish monarchs and those of other countries. In 1549, an inventory of the graves of 48 Scottish, 8 Norwegian and 4 Irish kings were recorded, exact locations all now lost.

Research Notes

  1. Gregor was also known as "Girig," "Giric," and "Cinicius."
  2. He was Regent of Strathclyde and Tutor of High MacRun.
  3. He was the eponymous progenitor of Clan Gregor
  4. Girig was slain at fortress Dundurn near Comrie in Strathearn

(probably by Pictish {Pict} priests of their henchmen.)

FROM the LINK listed below: "The Pictish frontier: Loch Earn was on the frontier between Pictland and Dalriada, or Dál Riata, the kingdom of the incoming Scots from Ireland, Dundurn at the east end of the loch being a Pictish frontier fort.[8] This lends weight to the argument that the name Earn therefore comes from Eireann, in other words “the loch of the Irish”.

The siege, by the Scots, of the Pictish Fort of Dundurn in 683 AD [9] is mentioned in the Annals of Ulster. Giric, (sometimes called Grig), King of Picts and Scots, is said to have been killed at Dundurn in 889, and is buried in Iona.[10] Feudal estates (Iona (Scottish Gaelic: Ì Chaluim Chille) is a small island in the Inner Hebrides off the Ross of Mull on the western coast of Scotland. It was a centre of Gaelic monasticism.)

Although Norman nobles had been obtaining land in Scotland for a century beforehand, the coming of the feudal era is attributed to David I of Scotland in the first half of the 12th Century. Feudalism proved the backdrop for local history for several centuries, not least in land ownership patterns. The ownership map of the land around Loch Earn changed as land owning families came and went, and the shape of estates fluctuated, partly through the politics of inheritance. Three family names associated with Lochearnhead are McLaren, Stewart and McGregor. The first of these is recorded in 1296, when Lauren of Ardveich had his name entered into the Ragman Roll.[11] The McLaren burial ground at Leckine was last used in 1993.[12]

By the time the Stewarts came to Ardvorlich in 1582,[13] the Reformed church, under the guidance of John Knox, had been adopted in Scotland for more than two decades.

It was nearly two centuries later that the MacGregors acquired Edinchip, in 1778, building the current Edinchip House in 1830.[


Giric was guardian of Eochaid, King of Ireland and by some accounts rule as King along side Eochaid.[1]

Kenneth MacAlpin is the first king of the united Scots of Dalriada and Picts, making him ruler north of a line between the Forth and Clyde. By 843, he created a semblance of unity among warring Picts, Scots, Britons and Anglos after he defeated Picts in battle.

MacAlpin created his capital at Forteviot, in Pictish territory; then moved his religious center to Dunkeld, on the River Tay, in present-day Perthshire, where he transferred the remains of St. Columba from Iona.

Around the same time people of Wales were separated from invading Saxons by the artificial boundary of Offa's Dyke, MacAlpin was creating a kingdom of Scotland. His success is due in part to the threat of Viking raids. Seizure of control over Norway in 872 by Harald Fairhair caused many previously independent Jarls to look for new lands.

Scotland became surrounded and isolated as a result from the coming Norsemen and Danes. The old link with Ireland was broken and the country was cut off from southern England and the Continent. Thus, MacAlpin established the kingdom of Alba and united against a common foe. According to the Huntingdon Chronicle, he "was the first of the Scots to obtain the monarchy of the whole of Albania, which is now called Scotia."

First King of Scotland (Alba). Born Ciniod MacAlpin, son of Alpin MacEochaid, king of Dalriada, his mother is said to have been a daughter of Achalas, King of Argyllshire, or a Pictish princess. His father was killed in battle against the ruling Picts, and MacAlpin took control of Dalriada. The Picts were later decimated by Viking raids, and taking advantage of this weakness, MacAlpin summoned the remaining Earls of Caledonia to his court. A banquet was held, and when the guests, including the Pictish king, were inebriated, MacAlpin's men slaughtered them. Thus the way was clear for him to claim the throne of the two kingdoms, Scots and Picts, and become King of Alba.

He ruled 841 - 859, took the Christian name Kenneth, and moved the capital from Dunndald to Scone. Considered to be astute by some, and ruthless by others, he successfully united the rule of the two kingdoms permanently. He was succeeded by his brother, Donald.


  1. Wikipedia, ( accessed 21 August 2015), "Giric,"

This person was created through the import of zkd9fc_5804428do646al180f4yc9.ged on 01 March 2011.

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On 12 Nov 2017 at 23:54 GMT Al Scott wrote:

See Page 32 Here

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On 22 Apr 2017 at 06:38 GMT Sarah (Murtaugh) Heiney wrote:

UNKNOWN-34299 and MacAlpin-11 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate

On 1 Oct 2016 at 00:25 GMT Magnus Sälgö wrote:


On 7 Jan 2016 at 14:09 GMT RJ Horace wrote:

Prince Gregor seems to have mutated into

King Kenneth

On 11 Nov 2015 at 12:47 GMT Marty (Lenover) Acks wrote:

Lots of text copied from WIkipedia here. Bio should be changed to follow WIkitree standards to not do that.

On 19 Jun 2015 at 04:06 GMT Marty (Lenover) Acks wrote:

MacAlpin-61 and MacAlpin-12 appear to represent the same person because: Same person, same father, same son

On 29 Dec 2014 at 05:56 GMT Bob Brodie wrote:

My 35th great grandfather.

On 1 Mar 2011 at 16:49 GMT Krissi (Hubbard) Love wrote:

Known as "Macalpin".

Kenneth I is 27 degrees from Charles Darwin, 30 degrees from Amelia Earhart, 29 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor and 31 degrees from Gilly Wood on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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