- Lulach of Scotland
name=Lulach ("Lulach mac Gille Coemgáin")
King of Scots
coronation = August 1057, Scone
predecessor = Macbeth ("Mac Bethad mac Findlaích")
successor = Malcolm III ("Máel Coluim mac Donnchada")
Máel Snechtai of Moray
royal house = Moray
date of birth=
place of birth=Moray, Scotland
date of death=death date|1058|3|17|df=y
place of death=near Huntly
place of burial=
father=Gille Coemgáin mac Máil Brigti
mother=Gruoch ingen Boite
Lulach mac Gille Coemgáin (Modern Gaelic: "Lughlagh mac Gille Chomghain", ["Lulach mac Gille Coemgáin" is the Mediaeval Gaelic form.] known in English simply as Lulach, and nicknamed Tairbith, "the Unfortunate" [Skene, "Chronicles", p. 102.] and Fatuus, "the Simple-minded" or "the Foolish" [Anderson, "Early Sources", vol. i, p. 603.] (died
17 March 1058), was King of Scotsbetween 15 August, 1057and 17 March 1058.
He appears to have been a weak king, as his nicknames suggest. He does, however, have the distinction of being the first king of
Scotlandof whom there are coronation details available. He was crowned in August 1057 at Scone.
Lulach was the son of
Gruoch of Scotland, from her first marriage to Gille Coemgáin, Mormaer of Moray, and thus the stepson of Macbeth (Mac Bethad mac Findlaích). Following the death in battle of Macbeth in 1057, the king's followers placed Lulach in the throne. Lulach ruled only for a few months before being assassinated and succeeded by Malcolm III (Máel Coluim mac Donnchada).
Lulach's son Máel Snechtai was
Mormaer of Moray, while Óengus of Moraywas the son of Lulach's daughter.
He is believed to be buried on Saint Columba's Holy Island of
Ionain or around the monastery. The exact position of his grave is unknown.
A fictional version of Lulach appeared in the animated television series
Gargoylesunder the name Luach [sic] .
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