The African Roots of The Celtish Clans # 1 – The Black Kings of Scotland

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King Kenneth Dubh – Black King of Scotland

Black Scott Sculpture - Scotland
Black Scott Sculpture - Scotland

A curious aspect of the early history of Scotland concerns various stories around Kenneth. King Kenneth was also known as ‘Kenneth the Niger’ or Kenneth Dubh, a surname which means ‘the black man’.

It is a matter of history that many seafaring warriors were North African, travelled via Iberia into Europe, and joined in many cultures and held power and position. Niger Val Dubh lived and reigned over certain black divisions in Scotland, and some histories state that a race known as ‘the sons of the blacks’ succeeded him. (e.g. see JA Rogers, Sex and Race).

Kenneth III was king of Scotland from 997 to 1005. He was the son of King Dubh (Dub mac Mail Choluim – 962-967), fourth cousin of the previous king Constantine III, and first cousin of his successor Malcolm II. Kenneth was the last king of Scotland to succeed to the throne through the tanistry system, whereby the succession was shared between two family lines and the dying king named his successor from the other family line. This system led to constant struggle between the ruling families and was abandoned. Kenneth and his son Giric were both killed at Monzievaird, Tayside in 1005.

His first cousin Malcolm succeeded him and abolished the tanistry system by killing all of his male descendants. However Kenneth had a granddaughter, Gruoch, via his daughter Boite, whose first husband was Gillacomgain. They had a son called Lulach. She then married King Macbeth I of Scotland (becoming Lady Macbeth). On the death of Macbeth her son via her first marriage, Kenneth III’s great grandson, succeeded to the throne, to become King Lulach of Scotland. According to this history, the blood of Kenneth flows through the royal houses of Scotland.

This story captures a curious fact about the Gaels from Gallicia – some were dark and have left many traces in Irish, Welsh and Scots clans.

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59 thoughts on “The African Roots of The Celtish Clans # 1 – The Black Kings of Scotland”

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  2. I am descended from Black Scots my surname is Reid from the Reid-Robertson Clan it’s royal. My Grandmother is descended from Afro Irish Celts her family name is Mc Carthy from The Mc Carthy Mors. So go screw yourselves you racist bigots on here dissing my heritage. All my Scots Ancestors were the first kings buried in Iona. I have been to Scotland so many times too. Like a second home.

    Nefer Aahotep.

    1. I stubbled onto this site and wanted to inquire about more information to help me unlock my family heritage. My family name (surname) is Snoddy and from the research I’ve done the name is from around 1025 and is from the Ashyire county of the highlands.

      1. Ayrshire is in west of Scotland, not in the highlands. Many folks of ayrshire had sea-related lives. E.g. my husbands ancestors from ayrshire were smugglers and scoured the coast for ship-wrecked goods, usually rum from south Americas. The word snoddy, I think, is a farming word. Hope this helps your search.
        Susan in Scotland.

  3. I’m Scottish and I’m tickled pink to know there were Rastas living in Scotland in the middle ages. I’m off to play some reggae on my bagpipes!

    Gareth 🙂

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