Kenneth I MacAlpin , King of Scotland

Kenneth I MacAlpin , King of Scotland

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Death: Cir 858 Forteviot, Scotland 1
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         Father: Alpin

Spouses and Children
1. *Unknown
                1. Constantine I , King of Scotland
                2. Aed, King of Scotland

First king of the united Scots of Dalriada and the Picts and so of Scotland north of a line between the Forth and Clyde rivers. Kenneth succeeded his father, Alpin, in Dalriada and ruled in Pictavia also, ruling for 16 years. The period is obscure. The gradual union of the two kingdoms from 843 doubtless owes much to intermarriage. By the Pictish marriage custom, inheritance passed through the female. Nevertheless, Kenneth probably made some conquests among the eastern Picts and possibly invaded Lothian and burned Dunbar and Melrose. After attacks on Iona by Vikings he removed relics of St. Columba, probably in 849 or 850, to Dunkeld, which became the headquarters of the Scottish Columban church. He died at Forteviot, not far from Scone in Pictish territory, and was buried on the island of Iona. 2


1 Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edition, Encyclopedia Britannica, 15th Edition. Vol 6, Pg 801.

2 ibid.

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