Máel Coluim, Earl of Atholl

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Máel Coluim of Atholl was Mormaer of Atholl between 1153/9 and the 1190s.[1]

The Chronicle of Holyrood tells us that in 1186 Máel Coluim had an outlaw called Adam mac Domnaill killed at the altar of a church in Coupar, and burned 58 of his associates inside the church.[2] It is possible that this was a son of Domnall mac Uilleim, who claimed the Scottish throne and was revolting against the French-speaking king William I.[3]

Máel Coluim was a patron of foreign religious orders, and is known to have granted the church of Moulin to the Benedictine monks of Dunfermline Abbey.[4]

He married Hextilda, the daughter of Uchtred Waltheofsson, an Anglo-Saxon baron of Tynedale. He named his son and successor Henry, perhaps in honor of King Henry II of England.[5]


  1. MacDonald, Outlaws, p. 77, n. 75.
  2. Anderson, Early Sources, p. 311.
  3. MacDonald, Outlaws, p. 39.
  4. Anderson, Early Sources, p. 509, n.2.
  5. Anderson, Early Sources, p. 182, n.5.


  • Anderson, Alan Orr, Early Sources of Scottish History: AD 500-1286, 2 Vols, (Edinburgh, 1922)
  • McDonald, R. Andrew, Outlaws of Medieval Scotland: Challenges to the Canmore Kings, 1058-1266, (East Linton, 2003)
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Mormaer of Atholl
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