Raghnall mac Somhairle

Raghnall mac Somhairle

Raghnall mac Somhairle (Anglicisation: "Ranald son of Somerled") (sometimes referred to as "Reginald") (d.1207) was a son of Somerled and Ragnhildis, daughter of Olaf I of Man. Raghnall succeeded his father, inheriting lands in Kintyre and Islay.Balfour, p. 30-32.] He drove his brother Aonghus out of Bute and Arran. After the death of Aonghus, Raghnall and his other brother Dubhgall held roughly equal possessions.

In about 1180 Raghnall granted a charter to the monastery of Paisley. In this charter he was styled Lord of the Isles. Raghnall was also styled King of the Isles and Lord of Argyll.

Raghnall's Arms are described as: "In the middle of the seal on one side a ship filled with men-at-arms; on the reverse side, the figure of an armed man on horseback with a drawn sword in his hand."

Raghnall built the Saddell Abbey, and had granted to the monks the lands of Glensagadul and Balebean in Kintyre and Cesken in Arran. His wife was possibly a daughter of the Earl of Moray.. Raghnall died in 1207.


Children of Raghnall:
*Domhnall mac Raghnaill: Founder of Clan Donald. [http://www.thepeerage.com/p14697.htm#i146969 Ranald, Lord of the Isles @ ThePeerage.com] Retrieved on 2007-10-07]
* Ruaidhri mac Raghnaill (Roderick): Founder of the MacRuairis. He inherited North Kintyre, Bute and Garmoran.



*Paul, Sir James Balfour. "The Scots Peerage". (Vol.5). Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1908.

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