Lulach (MacRory) of Scotland

Lulach (MacRory) of Scotland (abt. 1032 - 1058)

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Lulach "King of Scotland" of Scotland formerly MacRory aka of Angus
Born about in Morayshire, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in battle of Essie, Strathbogiemap
Profile last modified | Created 11 May 2012
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Categories: House of Moray | Mormaers of Moray.

Preceded by
MacBeth I
King of Scots
15 August 1057 - 17 March 1057-8
Succeeded by
Malcolm III


Lulach mac Gille Coemgáin (Lulach Tairbith (the Unfortunate) or Lulach Fatuus the Foolish) was a king the king of Scots and Mormaer of Moray. [1]

On the death of his stepfather, MacBeth, in 1057, his King's followers placed Lulach on the throne, despite strong resistance from the alliance formed by Malcolm Canmore to overthrow Macbeth. [2] In reality, Lulach was King only in the north, essentially in the old Pictish territories and of the far north, including Caithness. Malcolm Canmore and his faction assumed the kingship in the south. Lulach faction had sufficient influence and he is recorded as the first coronation of a King of Scotland for which recorded details survive. He was crowned on the ancient Coronation Stone at Scone Abbey on 15th August, 1057. Known as Lulach 'the Simple' or 'the Fool', there is evidence to believe that Lulach was incapable.

His reign was short and he was killed at the battle of Essie in Strathbogie 17 Mar 1058, and is buried on the Isle of Iona.[3] The Annals of Ulster record that "Lulach son of Gilla Comgain, over-king of Scotland was killed in battle by Mael Coluim son of Donnchad" in 1058.


The name of his wife is not provided in Medlands but noticed as possibly Finnghuala, said to be a daughter of Sinill, Mormaer of Angus. No dates are recorded.

They are known to have had two children:

  • Malsnechtai; He appears as Mormaer until 1078 but then later as a monk. [4] He died in 1085.[5]
  • A daughter, unnamed in source. She is said to have married Aedh, seen as Mormaer of Moray in Britain's Royal Families[6]


  1. Wikipedia, ( accessed 1 Sptember 2015), "Lulach,"
  2. A History of Moray and Nairn, page 39 although this source has the relationship incorrect.
  3. Medlands Mormaer of Moray
  4. Medlands Mormaer of Moray
  5. Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy; King Lulach
  6. Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy; King Lulach


  • Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy; King Lulach
  • A History of Moray and Nairn, Charles Rampini, available at

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On 1 Mar 2011 at 17:41 GMT Krissi (Hubbard) Love wrote:

Known as "Lulach the Simple".

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