|Lulach mac Gille Coemgáin|
|King of Alba|
|Reign||15 August 1057 – 17 March 1058|
|Coronation||August 1057, Scone|
|Issue||Máel Snechtai of Moray|
|Father||Gille Coemgáin of Moray|
|Mother||Gruoch of Scotland|
|Died||17 March 1058
Essie, in Strathbogie
Lulach mac Gille Coemgáin (Modern Gaelic: Lughlagh mac Gille Chomghain, known in English simply as Lulach, and nicknamed Tairbith, "the Unfortunate" and Fatuus, "the Simple-minded" or "the Foolish"; before 1033 – 17 March 1058) was King of Scots between 15 August 1057 and 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 Scotland of 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 on the throne. Lulach ruled only for a few months before being assassinated and usurped by Malcolm III (Máel Coluim mac Donnchada).
He is believed to be buried on Saint Columba's Holy Island of Iona in or around the monastery. The exact position of his grave is unknown.
Depictions in fiction
LulachBorn: before 1033 Died: 17 March 1058
|King of Scots
|Mormaer of Moray
- Lulach mac Gille Coemgáin is the Mediaeval Gaelic form.
- Skene, Chronicles, p. 102.
- Anderson, Early Sources, vol. i, p. 603.
- GargoylesWiki 2010, Luach.
- Chapter XXIV: "City of Stone, Part Three" Episode summary, including the depiction of the character.
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