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Bruce Henderson is a computer engineer living in Southern California. With the help of his cousins he is researching the history of the Henderson family of southern Caithness. You can contact him at bruce@sigalarm.com

Genealogy of the Earls of Orkney

One of my prized old books is a work from the early 20th century entitled St. Magnus – Earl of Orkney by John Mooney.

Within it’s pages are a great wealth of information about Magnus Erlendson, who later became St. Magnus, the patron saint of the Gunns and a important figure in the history of our ancestors.

Among the many treasures in its pages are a series of genealogical tables describing the noble families of Orkney, Scotland, Iceland and Norway. Below is a rendering of that table for further study. Clicking on the image (or here) will open a high-resolution PDF version.

Earldom Genealogy

2 comments to Genealogy of the Earls of Orkney

  • brad

    Can you tell me where henry sinclair fits into this?

  • Bruce

    To be honest – in my learned opinion, Henry Sinclair does not fit into this picture at all. His encounter with the Earldom of Orkney is many centuries after this bunch, and his family is many years from taking the stage in Scottish history. At this point the rule of Orkney is an affair for Norwegians and the Pict / Celt tribes who inhabited the islands. Scottish rule was still some 300 years in the future.

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