Alpin of Scots, Duncan I 1 2

Birth Name Alpin of Scots, Duncan I
Nick Name The Gracious
Gender male
Age at Death 27 years, 7 months, 13 days


Duncan I (d. 1040) was a son of Crinan or Cronan, lay abbot of Dunkeld, and became king of the Scots in succession to his maternal grandfather, Malcolm II, in 1034, having previously as rex Cumbrorum ruled in Strathclyde. His accession was "the first example of inheritance of the Scottish throne in the direct line." Duncan is chiefly known through his connexion with Macbeth, which has been immortalized by Shakespeare. The feud between these two princes originated probably in a dispute over the succession to the throne; its details, however, are obscure, and the only fact which can be ascertained with any certainty is that Duncan was slain by Macbeth in 1040. Two of Duncan's sons, Malcolm III Canmore and Donald Bane, were afterwards kings of the Scots.

This entry was originally from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1013 Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland   2
Death 1040-08-14 Iona, Elgin, Scotland   2

Cause: killed by Macbeth at Elgin

Age: 27y

Burial   Icolmkill   3


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Atholl, Crinan9751045
Mother of Scotland, Bethoc9841045
    Brother     of Dunbar, Maldred 1009 1045
         Alpin of Scots, Duncan I 1013 1040-08-14


Family of Alpin of Scots, Duncan I and Biornsson, Sybil

Unknown Partner Biornsson, Sybil ( * 1009 + 1040 )
Name Birth Date Death Date
Caenmoe Dunkeld of Scotland, Malcolm III10311093-11-13
Bane of Scots, Donald III10331099
of Scots, Margaret1040
of Scots, Melmare1045