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Kenneth III (997-1005)

Cináed mac Duib (Kenneth III) was King of Scots from 997 to 1005. He was the son of Dub mac Maíl Coluim.

The only event reported in Cináed's reign is the killing of Dúngal mac Cináeda by Gille Coemgáin mac Cináeda, by the Annals of the Four Masters s.a. 999. It is not certain that this refers to events in Scotland, and whether one or both were sons of this Cináed, or of Cináed mac Maíl Coluim, or some other person or persons, is not known. Cináed was killed in battle at Monzievaird in Strathearn by Máel Coluim mac Cináeda in 1005.

Whether Boite mac Cináeda was a son of this Cináed, or of Cináed mac Maíl Coluim, is uncertain, although most propose this Cináed. A son, or grandson of Boite, was reported to be killed by Máel Coluim mac Cináeda in 1032 in the Annals of Ulster. Cináed's granddaughter, Gruoch ingen Boite meic Cináeda — Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth — was wife of Gille Coemgáin, Mormaer of Moray, wife of King Mac Bethad mac Findlaích and mother of King Lulach mac Gille Coemgáin. The meic Uilleim, descendants of William fitz Duncan by his first marriage, were probably descended from Cináed.

 

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