Suibne mac Cináeda

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Suibne mac Cináeda (died 1034), also known as Suibne son of Cinaeth in some works, was a king of the Norse-Gaels (Gall-Gáedil). His death is recorded by the Annals of Ulster

Suibne son of Cinaed, king of the Gallgaedil, died[1]

and the Annals of Tigernach in 1034.

Although sometimes associated with Galloway, which may possibly derived from the Gall-Gáedil, he is possibly the eponymous ancestor of the MacSween Clan (MacSuibhne) who were found in Knapdale, in the area of Loch Sween where Castle Sween was built in the 12th century.

If Suibne was ruler of Galloway, nothing is known of his reign at present, nor of his successors. Indeed it is not until Fergus of Galloway (ruled c. 1120–1161) that records are properly kept.

Some interpretations of placename evidence suggests his kingdom stretched over modern day Galloway, Carrick, and Nithsdale, perhaps even into upper Douglasdale (ref. Companion).

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  1. ^ The Annals of Ulster; Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition; U1034.10; p473
  • The Companion to Gaelic Scotland
  • Brooke, Daphne, "Gall-Gaidhil and Galloway" in Richard Oram and Geoffrey P. Stell (eds) Galloway: Land and Lordship. Scottish Society for Northern Studies, Edinburgh, 1991. ISBN 0-9505994-6-8