Donnchad I, Earl of Fife

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Mormaer Donnchad I (1133–1154), anglicized as Duncan or Dunecan, was the first Gaelic magnate to have his territory regranted to him by feudal charter, by David I in 1136. Donnchad I, as head of the native Scottish nobility, had the job of introducing and conducting King Máel Coluim IV around the Kingdom upon the accession of the latter, who was still young, but died soon after. In 1152, on the death of Scottish King David I's son Henry of Scotland, Donnchad I had escorted Máel Coluim IV, introducing him as the royal heir.[1]

He fathered his successor, Mormaer Donnchad II.


  1. ^ Barrow, G.W.S. Earls of Fife in the 12th Century, (Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 1952-53), p. 54.


  • Bannerman, John, "MacDuff of Fife," in A. Grant & K.Stringer (eds.) Medieval Scotland: Crown, Lordship and Community, Essays Presented to G.W.S. Barrow, (Edinburgh, 1993), pp. 20–38
Preceded by
Gille Míchéil
Mormaer of Fife
Succeeded by
Donnchad II