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Scottish History Timeline

A chronological record of the most important events in the history of Scotland.


9th Century Scottish History Timeline

802: Iona raided by Vikings who burn down the wooden Columban monastery.


806: The monasteries on Iona are attacked again by Vikings. 68 monks are slaughtered at Martyr's Bay.


Martyr's Bay Iona - much more peaceful now

Martyr's Bay



820: Death of Caustantn mac Fergusa.


829: Abbot Diarmait, abbot of Iona, goes to Alba with relics of St Columba


831: Diarmait of Iona goes to Ireland with relics of St Columba


839: Eganan mac Oengusa and his brother Bran killed in battle with Vikings, end of dominance of Fortriu.


843: Kenneth mac Alpin unites the Scots and Picts as one nation.


Kenneth mac Alpin ( Kenneth MacAlpin )

Kenneth mac Alpin



858: Death of Kenneth mac Alpin, King of the Picts.


870: Alt Clut - Dumbarton Rock - captured by the Norse-Gael or Viking leaders Amlab Conung and Imar after six month's of siege


Dumbarton Rock

Dumbarton Rock



878: Kenneth mac Alpin's son Aed killed; Giric becomes king.


889: Death of Giric; Domnall mac Causantn, grandson of Kenneth, becomes king.


c.890: Exodus of the Strathclyde Britons to Gwynedd (Wales).

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