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]

References

  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.

Bibliography

  • 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)
Preceded by
Matad
Mormaer of Atholl
1153/9-1190s
Succeeded by
Henry