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Ranald Somerled (MacSomerled) mac Somahirle (bef. 1153 - abt. 1207)

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Ranald Somerled (Ragnall) "Lord of the Isles" mac Somahirle formerly MacSomerled
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Categories: Lord of the Isles.

Preceded by
Somahirle mac Gillebride
Lord of the Isles
Succeeded by
Domhnall mac Raghnaill



Ragnall is the son of Somerled Macgillibride and Ragnhilda Olafsdatter.

Variation of Name

Ragnall, Raghnall, Ragnvald son of Somerled, Rognvald, Reginaldi filii Sorleti, Reginald or Ranald[1]


King of the Isles, lord of Kintyre, lord of Argyll, Lord of the Isles, dominus de Inchegal, lord of Innse Gall, [2]


The time of Ragnall's birth is not known. He was probably born in Argyll but this is not certain. His father, Somerled Macgillebride, (killed in battle in 1164), is first mentioned in records in 1153, then styled 'regulus' of Argyll, when he rebelled against King Malcolm IV. [3] As Somerled had already established himself as king by 1153 it is likely that his children were already born prior to that time.


Ragnall was defeated by his brother Angus in 1192.[4] From then on he seems to all but disappear from the records. Some reference to 'circa 1207' is given[5] but he may have lived well beyond that point.


Ragnall was married to "Fonia _____"[Fonie_____].[6][7] While it is claimed here that Fonia was of the house of Moray there is no evidence to corroborate this. For more on her possible origins refer to the Wikipedia article on Ragnall mac Somairle - Family and legacy. (2017, February 18).


According to the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy[8] Ragnall & Fonia had three children: Donald (Domnall), Roderick (Ruari) and an unnamed daughter married to Alan Lord of Galloway.These two sons are confirmed by PoMS, The Peerage, and the Chronicles of Mann - The Somerledian Line

Donald mac Raghnaill, dominus de Inchegal (abt. 1200 - abt. 1247)
Ruairi mac Raghnaill (abt. 1172 - abt. 1247)
daughter [Helen?] of Reginald Lord of the Isles (-before 1209)

Children with unproven parentage

While the following children are presently identified as offspring of Ragnall & Fonia there is a distinct lack of evidence to corroborate these claims. Additional proof is required.
Ragnild Heen (Angus) Macrory (1150 - 1218)
Unknown (DeL Isle) MacRuari (1160)
Daughter Reignaldsdatter (1160) may be same as above.
Olavus Ragnvaldsson (abt. 1168)
Ragnhild (Isles) MacRory (abt. 1174 - abt. 1218)
Dugall (Lisle) D'L'Isle (abt. 1176) poss. son of Ruairi mac Raghnaill
Unknown Reginaldsdatter (1206) could be daughter [Helen?]


  • Amanda Beam, John Bradley, Dauvit Broun, John Reuben Davies, Matthew Hammond, Michele Pasin (with others), The People of Medieval Scotland, 1093 – 1314 (Glasgow and London, 2012), Reginald (Ragnvald), lord of Argyll, PoMS, No. 6562 [accessed 5 March 2017].
  • Cawley, Charles. "SCOTLAND, MORMAERS, EARLS, LORDS (LORDS of the ISLES) " Foundation for Medieval Genealogy: Medieval Lands, A Prosopography of Medieval European Noble and Royal Families.LORDS of the ISLES [accessed 5 March 2017].
  • Chronica regum Manniæ et insularum. - The chronicle of Man and the Sudreys, edited by Peter Andreas Munch, Brøgger & Christie, 1860 [accessed 5 March 2017]. Table II, The Somerledian Line, pl 191


  1. PoMS, no. 6562 (; accessed 5 March 2017)
  2. PoMS, no. 6562 (; accessed 5 March 2017)
  3. PoMS, no. 337 (; accessed 5 March 2017)
  4. FMG, Lords of the Isles
  5. PoMS, no. 337 (; accessed 5 March 2017)
  6. FMG, Lords of the Isles
  7. PoMS, 3/30/3 (Pais. Reg., 125 (; accessed 5 March 2017)
  8. FMG, Lords of the Isles

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On 5 Mar 2017 at 03:43 GMT Marty Ormond wrote:

based on a green light from one of the managers I reedited Moray-2 with a solid FMG citation.

I'll let you managers get Ragnaldsson-1 (Domhnall). connected Moray-2. I'm Pre1500 cert, but didnt want to impose . Use any pieces of my revisions as you choose.

I know I left lots of messy stuff there but I have cleanup duty in some adjoining spots.

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