Clann Ruaidhrí was a leading mediaeval kindred in the Hebrides and western seaboard of Scotland. The eponymous ancestor of the family was Ruaidhrí mac Raghnaill, a leading member of Clann Somhairle in the thirteenth century. Members of Clann Ruaidhrí were a factor in both the histories of the Kingdom of the Isles and the Kingdom of Scotland in the thirteenth- and fourteenth centuries. In the early thirteenth century, the family appears to have held power in Kintyre.

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  • Clann Ruaidhrí was a leading mediaeval kindred in the Hebrides and western seaboard of Scotland. The eponymous ancestor of the family was Ruaidhrí mac Raghnaill, a leading member of Clann Somhairle in the thirteenth century. Members of Clann Ruaidhrí were a factor in both the histories of the Kingdom of the Isles and the Kingdom of Scotland in the thirteenth- and fourteenth centuries. In the early thirteenth century, the family appears to have held power in Kintyre. By the fourteenth century the family controlled an extensive provincial lordship stretching along north-western Scottish coast and into the Hebrides. Whilst a leading force in the Kingdom of the Isles, the family fiercely opposed Scottish authority. With the collapse of Norwegian hegemony in the region, the family nimbly integrated itself into the Kingdom of Scotland.Members of Clann Ruaidhrí distinguished themselves in the First War of Scottish Independence, opposing adherents of both the English and Scottish crowns. Like other branches of Clann Somhairle, Clann Ruaidhrí was a noted exporter of gallowglass warriors into Ireland. The mid fourteenth century saw the diminishment of the family in both Scotland and Ireland. The last Irish gallowglass captain appears on record in 1342, whilst the last great chief of the family was assassinated in 1346. Following the latter's death, the Clann Ruaidhrí lordship passed into the possession of the chief of Clan Donald, a distant Clann Somhairle kinsman, and thereby formed a significant part of the Lordship of the Isles. There is reason to suspect that the lines of the family may have continued on, albeit in a much diminished capacity, with one apparent member holding power as late as the early fifteenth century. (en)
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  • — a fragment of poetry which appears to refer to a son of Ruaidhrí mac Ragnaill or a later member of Clann Ruaidhrí. This composition is one many preserved by a fourteenth-century tract on metrical faults, and appears to be the work of poets employed by the ruling families of the Hebrides. (en)
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  • Mac Ruaidhrí, king of the islands, with bright cheek, lovely your head above your collar, it's your nature. (en)
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  • Simplified pedigree of Clann Ruaidhrí. The eponyms of Clann Dubhghaill, Clann Ruaidhrí, and Clann Domhnaill are coloured. (en)
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  • Mac Ruaidhrí (en)
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  • Clann Ruaidhrí was a leading mediaeval kindred in the Hebrides and western seaboard of Scotland. The eponymous ancestor of the family was Ruaidhrí mac Raghnaill, a leading member of Clann Somhairle in the thirteenth century. Members of Clann Ruaidhrí were a factor in both the histories of the Kingdom of the Isles and the Kingdom of Scotland in the thirteenth- and fourteenth centuries. In the early thirteenth century, the family appears to have held power in Kintyre. (en)
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  • Clann Ruaidhrí (en)
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