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'''Kenneth II''' was the [[king][] of [[Scotland]] in succession to [[Cuilean]]. He was the son of [[Malcolm I]], and younger brother of [[Dubh]], who had ruled before Cuilean. He was a contemporary of the [[England|English]] king [[Edgar the Peaceable|Edgar]], by whom he was acknowledged as King over Lothian (which he had seized), in 974CE. Later, in 994, he invaded England, was defeated, lost Lothian and was challenged by Cuilean's son [[Constantine III|Constantine], who killed him in 995 and was elected king in his place, under [[tanistry]].
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'''Kenneth II''' was the [[king]] of [[Scotland]] in succession to [[Cuilean]]. He was the son of [[Malcolm I]], and younger brother of [[Dubh]], who had ruled before Cuilean. He was a contemporary of the [[England|English]] king [[Edgar]], by whom he was acknowledged as King over [[Lothian]] (which he had seized), in 974CE. Later, in 994, he invaded England, was defeated, lost Lothian and was challenged by Cuilean's son [[Constantine III|Constantine]], who killed him in 995 and was [[becoming king|elected king]] in his place, under [[tanistry]].
   
Kenneth came to the throne in 971CE, and must have married, to have had a son [[Malcolm II|Malcolm]] who was, in his turn, to take the [[throne]].
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Kenneth came to the [[throne]] in 971, and must have [[marriage|married]], to have had a son [[Malcolm II|Malcolm]] who was, in his turn, to take the [[throne]]. As well as [[war]]s with England he was also in conflict with Sigurd of [[Norway]] over the lands in the north of Scotland, by the Orkneys.
As well as wars with England he was also in conflict with Sigurd of [[Norway]] over the lands in the north of Scotland, by the Orkneys.
 
   
Must of his life, and his period of rule is a mystery -- date of birth, identity of his wife (said, in one unsupported scource [Berchan's Prophecy] to have been a princess of Leinster), other children. He is supposed to have killed [[Cuilean]]'s brother Olaf shortly after coming to the throne, probably to prevent him becoming a rival for the kingship, and this is reportedly the reason Constantine killed him 20 years later. But an alternatibve story says he killed a mormaer's son, and the grieving mother built a crossbow trap, triggered by a golden apple, and induced him to take the apple from where it was, in a statue's hand.
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Much of his life, and his period of rule is a mystery -- date of [[birth]], identity of his wife (said, in one unsupported source [Berchan's Prophecy] to have been a [[princess]] of [[Leinster]]), other children. He is supposed to have killed [[Cuilean]]'s brother Olaf shortly after coming to the throne, probably to prevent him becoming a rival for the kingship, and this is reportedly the reason Constantine killed him 20 years later. But an alternative story says he killed a [[mormaer]]'s son, and the grieving mother built a [[crossbow]] trap, triggered by a [[gold]]en [[apple]], and induced him to take the apple from where it was, in a [[statue]]'s hand.
   
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{{Scottish Monarch | ruler = Kenneth II | predecessor = [[Cuilean]] | successor = [[Constantine III]] | reign = 971-995}}
   
See also:
 
* [[Scottish kings]]
 
 
[[category: monarchs (medieval)]]
 
[[category: monarchs (medieval)]]
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Latest revision as of 22:26, 18 May 2006

Kenneth II was the king of Scotland in succession to Cuilean. He was the son of Malcolm I, and younger brother of Dubh, who had ruled before Cuilean. He was a contemporary of the English king Edgar, by whom he was acknowledged as King over Lothian (which he had seized), in 974CE. Later, in 994, he invaded England, was defeated, lost Lothian and was challenged by Cuilean's son Constantine, who killed him in 995 and was elected king in his place, under tanistry.

Kenneth came to the throne in 971, and must have married, to have had a son Malcolm who was, in his turn, to take the throne. As well as wars with England he was also in conflict with Sigurd of Norway over the lands in the north of Scotland, by the Orkneys.

Much of his life, and his period of rule is a mystery -- date of birth, identity of his wife (said, in one unsupported source [Berchan's Prophecy] to have been a princess of Leinster), other children. He is supposed to have killed Cuilean's brother Olaf shortly after coming to the throne, probably to prevent him becoming a rival for the kingship, and this is reportedly the reason Constantine killed him 20 years later. But an alternative story says he killed a mormaer's son, and the grieving mother built a crossbow trap, triggered by a golden apple, and induced him to take the apple from where it was, in a statue's hand.

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Scottish kings

Kenneth II

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Preceded by
Cuilean
Reigned
971-995
Succeeded by
Constantine III