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Godred I Crovan "White Hands", King of Man & Dublin

Godred I Crovan "White Hands", King of Man & Dublin[1]

Male 1030 - 1095

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  • Born  1030  Norway Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1095  Isle of Man, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID  I010203  Skanke Y-DNA Project
    Last Modified  8 Feb 2017 | Edit 

    Father  Harald II Svarte "the Black" av Suderøyene,   b. Est 1000,   d. 1040 
    Relationship  Birth 
    Mother  NN Ragnfrødsdatter,   b. Est 980, Orkney, Orkney Islands, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Relationship  Birth 
    Family ID  F004043  Group Sheet

    Family  Ragnhild Haraldsdatter,   b. 1047, Norway Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  1062  [1
    Children 
     1. Olav I Bitling "the Red" King of Man and the Isles,   b. 1097, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1154, Suderøyene (South Orkneys) Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Lagman Godredsson, King of Man and the Isles,   b. Est 1055,   d. 1111
     3. Harald Godredson,   b. 1065, Isle of Man, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1100, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  Edit 
    Family ID  F004294  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Godred var konge på Isle of Man.

      Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie, Baronet, THEBARONAGE OF SCOTLAND, Edinburgh, 1798, p. 374. "It is universally acknowledged, that the Macleods of Scotland are descended of the Norvegian kings of Man, of whom we shall heregive a brief account, as recorded in the chronicle of that island, published with Cambden's Britannia, anno 1586. "I.GODFRED, sir named [sic] Crovan, son of Harold the Black, of the royal family of Norway, being appointed sovereign of Man and the western isles, by king Harold the Imperious, came with a fleet and army, and took possession of his kingdom, anno 1066;but the superiority still remained with the kings of Norway."

      Godfred left three sons. 1. Lagman. 2. Harold. 3. Olave orOlaus, a child at his father's death. "Godfred reigned sixteen years, died in the Island of Islay, and was succeeded by his eldest son." !REIGN: Reigned 1066-1082. !BIOGRAPHY: John Burke, Esq., A GENEALOGICAL AND HERALDICHISTORY OF THE COMMONERS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, Vol. II,Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1977, pp.175-178.

      BIOGRAPHY: Rev. Dr. Donald MacKinnon, MACLEOD CHIEFS OF HARRISAND DUNVEGAN, Edinburgh, The Clan MacLeod Society, 1969, pp.1-2. !BIOGRAPHY: Alick Morrison, THE CHIEFS OF CLAN MACLEOD, EastKilbride, Scotland, Associate Clan MacLeod Societies,1986, pp.14-15. "The founder of the last dynasty to rule Man and the Isles was Godred Crovan, a son of Harold the Black of 'Ysland' (i.e. Iceland). His origin is obscure, although various conjectures have been made to trace his genealogy. It is, however, certain that he was not a mere adventurer. He derived a considerable amount of support from the Hebrides and he was successful in establishing a dynasty that lasted for two centuries and was never seriously challenged. These circumstances argue that he was in some way related to some of the previous Kings of the Isles.

      "He first came to notice in 1066, when we find him in conjunction with Godred, son of Sigtrygg, king of Man and the Isles at the time, assisting King Harold Hardrada of Norway and Tostig Godwinson, in the invasion of England. The invaders were routed by Harold Godwinson, King of England and a brother of Tostig at the Battle of Stamford Bridge. King Harold of Norway and Tostig were slain. The two Godreds managed to escape to the Isle of Man. King Godred Sigtryggson of Man and the Isles died shortly afterwards and was succeeded by his son Fingal. Godred Crovan seems to to have returned to Iceland, but in 1071 he is in Norway, busily collecting an army to invade the Isle of Man. Her eceived strong naval support from the Hebrides, but for some reason, he met with stubborn opposition in Man. Despite two setbacks, he finally triumphed in battle at Scaefell. So grateful was he to his Hebridean supporters that he gave them a choice of taking possession of the island or plundering it. Eventually the Hebrideans received the South part of the island in close proximity to his own residence; the people of Man were driven into the Northern portion. All accounts agree that Godred Crovan was a powerful ruler: he conquered Dublin and a large part of Leinster: he forbade the Scots on the western seaboard of Scotland to build any vessel requiring more than three bolts in its construction. He was married and left issue, three sons, Lagman, Harold and Olaf. He died of pestilence in Islay in 1087."

  • Sources 
    1. [S000035] Markhus-2000, Markhus, Bjørn, (Norway: 2000).

    2. [S000040] Ashley-1999, Ashley, Mike, (Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc. New York: 1999), p 425.