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The people of the Uí Ímair

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The people of the Uí Ímair

"Uí Ímair" is Old Irish, meaning grandchildren, or descendants of Ivar.

The dynasty of Ivar ruled much of the Irish Sea region, the Kingdom of Dublin, the western coast of Scotland including the Hebrides, and parts of Northern England including Northumbria from the mid 9th century.

A 9th century Viking from Scandinavia named Ímar, (or Ívarr or Ivar) was the founder of this Uí Ímair dynasty. The identity of the original Ivar remains disputed. His death was recorded in Latin by 12th century Irish monks; in the year 873 "Imhar, rex Nordmannorum totius Hibernie & Brittanie, uitam finiuit" (Ivar, king of all the Norse of Ireland and Britain, ended his life) [1]

Note : A important paper, The Vikings in Scotland and Ireland in the Ninth Century by Donnchadh ó Corráin of University College, Cork, discusses the need to detach the Viking dynasty of Scotland and Ireland from Norway itself where historians have indulged in attempts to attach the Viking kings of the ninth-century Irish annals to the genealogy of the kings of Vestfold in Norway.

  1. Celt : The Annals of Ulster: U873.3 corpus of electronic texts edition (Annals of Ulster, ed. & tr. Seán Mac Airt and Gearóid Mac Niocaill (1983). The Annals of Ulster (to AD 1131)


People of the The Uí Ímair

Gofraid of Lochlann d: 873
Amlaíb Conung / Olaf Kvite d: 874
Auðgísl Gudrødsson / Asl / Óisle d: 867
Ímar Gudrødsson 825 - 873
- the brothers; Amlaíb, Ímar and Auisle are “kings of the foreigners”
Sigtrygg (Sitric Cáech) - ruler of Dublin & Jorvik/York
Sigfrid; Jarl of Dublin 850-896
Ivar Ivarsson King of Dublin
Ragnall ua Ímair (son of Bárid) grandson of Ímair; king of Mann 914-921 king of Northumbria 918-921 (expelled from Dublin 902)?
Harald; King of Limerick 925-940
Godfred Haraldson (Gofraid Mac Arailt) 935-989 King of Mann & the Isles
Maccus (brother of Godfred Haraldson)
Olaf Sitricsson / Amlaíb Cuarán 920-981
Járnkné (Gluniaran) mac-Aulaffe/Olafsson d: 989
Sigtrygg Olafsson "Silkbeard" 981-1042
Harald Olafsson "Aralt mac Amlaíb"
Dubgall Olafsson
Gofraid ua Ímair - d: 934 (sons - Ragnall, Blácaire, Amlaíb, Albann)
Rongbvald (Ragnall) -944?
Olaf (Aimlab) -941
Blakari (Blacaire) -941
Halfdan( Albdan) - 926
Ivar of Waterford 945-1000
Gilla Padraig Ivarsson 962-982
Donndubán Ivarsson 965-995
Sihtric Ivarsson 970-1022 - King of Waterford
Ragnall Ivarsson 974-995 - King of Jórvík
Ragnall Mac Gofraid - King of Mann -1005
Harald Gudrødsen 980-1040 - Harald den svarte; King of Man
Gofraid mac Amlaíb meic Ragnaill d: 1075
Gudrød Crovan -1095 - Gudrød Kvithand King of Man and the Isles

other Associated Rulers and War Leaders

Harald Fairhair c. 850-933 - annexed Orkney and Shetland in 875 in an attempt to control the activities of raiders established in the islands and coasts of Western Scotland.
Rognvald Eysteinsson c. 830-890 Jarl in Orkney
Sigurd Eysteinsson c. 832-895 Jarl in Orkney - Sigurd and Thorstein joined forces to raid from the Hebrides
Thorstein Olafsson Thorstein the Red c. 858-888 Jarl in Dublin


Halfdan Sigurdsson 1013 (Norway) - 1047 (Yorkshire)

Keeping an eye on - Wikipedia:WikiProject Scottish Islands/Origins of the Uí Ímair and the Earls of Orkney

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