Maol Domhnaich of Lennox
(Abt 1225-1250)


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Maol Domhnaich of Lennox

  • Born: Abt 1225
  • Marriage: Beatrix (Elizabeth) Stewart
  • Died: 1250 about age 25

  General Notes:

Mormaer Maol Domhnaich (sometimes anglicized as Maldoven) was the son of Mormaer Ailin II, and ruled Lennox 1217-1250.

Like his predecessor Ailin II, he showed absolutely no interest in extending an inviting hand to oncoming French or English settlers. He has, moreover, gained a reputation amongst modern scholars as being one of the more conservative Gaelic rulers in thirteenth century Scotland.

Despite that, he seems to have remained loyal to his royal overlord. There is no evidence that he participated in any of the western-orientated rebellions which were so frequent in the era. The Mormaer even sent his son Maol Chaluim with the king's expedition to Moray in 1232.

Nevertheless, in 1238 King Alexander II distrusted him sufficiently to remove the Castle of Dumbarton from his control, giving the Scottish king an important foothold in the Mormaerdom. As part of the same act, Alexander II regranted the Mormaerdom to Maol Domhnaich as a military fief, indicating perhaps that the Mormaerdom's prior status was ambiguous.

He had two known sons (Maol Chaluim I and Donnchadh), and one daughter.

Maol Domhnaich's reign came to an end with his death in 1250.

Maol married Beatrix (Elizabeth) Stewart, daughter of Walter Stewart 3rd High Steward of Scotland and Justicar of Scot and Beatrix de Angus of Forfar. (Beatrix (Elizabeth) Stewart was born about 1228 in Scotland.)

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