Aonghas mac Somhairle

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Aonghas mac Somhairle (English: Angus, son of Somerled), sometimes called Angus, Lord of Bute and Arran (c. 1150–1210) was a son of Somerled and Ragnhild, (daughter of Olaf I Godredsson, King of the Isles, and Ingebjorg, herself daughter of Haakon Paulsson, Earl of Orkney).[1] Aonghas succeeded his father, inheriting lands in Garmoran, Skye, Rum, Eigg, Bute and Arran and became known as Lord of Bute and Arran.[1][2] In 1192 in a battle between Aonghas and his brother Raghnall, he was victorious and many were wounded and fell.[3] He lost his lands on Bute after Alan fitz Walter was granted the lands of Bute by William I of Scotland in 1200. Aonghas was killed in battle with his three sons on Skye in 1210.[4][note 1] After the death of Aonghas and his heirs, his brother Raghnall's sons Domhnall and Ruaidhri took possession of his lands.


  1. ^ Some sources (such as Scots Peerage volume 5) erroneously claim that a granddaughter of Angus married Alexander Stewart, 4th High Steward of Scotland.[5]


  1. ^ a b Balfour, pp. 30-32.
  2. ^ Paterson 2008, p11
  3. ^ Chronicle of Man and the Isles, 1192
  4. ^ Chronicle of Man and the Isles, 1210
  5. ^ Sellar, William David Hamilton (2000), "Hebridean sea kings: The successors of Somerled, 1164–1316", in Cowan, Edward J.; McDonald, Russell Andrew, Alba: Celtic Scotland in the middle ages, Tuckwell Press, p. 195, 195 fn 34, ISBN 1-86232-151-5 
  • Patterson, Raymond Campbell (2008). The Lords of the Isles, A history of Clan Donald. Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited. ISBN 1-84158-718-4. 
  • Adam, Frank (1970). The Clans, Septs, and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands. Edinburgh and London: Johnston and Bacon. ISBN 0-7179-4500-6.