Go­dred Crovan

The Oban Times - - News -

SIT­U­ATED close to the main road lead­ing to Kin­tra in the Kil­dal­ton and Oa parish is the stand­ing stone known as the Car­ragh Bhàn and re­puted to mark the burial place of the Norse war­rior king Go­dred Crovan who, it is claimed, died in Is­lay in 1095.

Lit­tle is known about Go­dred’s ear­lier life be­fore he be­came a cel­e­brated 11th- cen­tury war­rior. He cer­tainly acted as ad­ju­tant to the King of Nor­way at the Bat­tle of Stam­ford Bridge in 1066 be­fore he set his sights on the Isle of Man and Is­lay.

Norse and Gael sup­port­ers flocked to his stan­dard, the be­sieged city of Dublin sur­ren­dered to him be­fore he pro­claimed him­self king and set up the dy­nasty which em­braced the King­dom of the Isles, Dublin and Man.

Le­gend has it that he was par­tic­u­larly revered on Is­lay af­ter he suc­cess­fully de­stroyed a dragon which had its lair at Imer­a­chonart on the out­skirts of Bal­ly­grant and which had caused death and destruc­tion among the Ilich.

He is also the sub­ject of one of lo­cal bard Dun­can John­ston’s best known songs, Bir­linn Gho­raidh Chrob­hain, and whose theme re­lates the pas­sage of the Go­dred’s Royal gal­ley from the Isle of Man to Is­lay’s shores.

The jury is still out on whether the Car­ragh Bhàn marks the war­rior king’s fi­nal rest­ing place as an­other school of thought sug­gests that he was buried along with other royal per­son­ages on Iona.

What is not in doubt is that the gal­lant Go­dred was the pro­gen­i­tor of the Clan Don­ald who be­came the Lords of the Isles and held sway over Scot­land’s western seaboard for more than two cen­turies.

Car­ragh Bhàn, stand­ing stone re­puted to be the burial place on Norse war­rior king Go­dred Crovan.

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