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The House of Moray (also known as the House of MacRory) is a historiographical and genealogical construct to illustrate the succession of rulers whose base was at the region of Moray. The House of Moray was distantly related to the rival House of MacAlpin.

The first monarch of the House of Moray was MacBeth, mormaer of Moray, son of Finlech MacRory, Mormaer of Moray and Donada, the daughter of Malcolm II, who married Gruoch, the grand­daughter of Kenneth III, MacBeth defeated Duncan I in battle at Elgin or murdered him shortly after the battle and usurped the throne of Scotland on 14th August, 1040. He was determined, resolute and ambitious and an able king and ruled Scotland for seventeen years. The House of Moray did not occupy the throne of Scotland for long. Malcolm Canmore, the son of Duncan, took revenge for the murder of his father and killed Macbeth in battle at Lumphanan, Aberdeenshire, on the 15th of August, 1057.

Lulach, the son of Macbeth's wife Gruoch by her first husband Gillacomgain, was proclaimed king by supporters of the House of Moray in 1057. The tide was against them and the reign of Lulach proved to be a brief one. Malcolm Canmore again revenged himself upon the House of Moray, and killed Lulach in battle at Essie in Strathbogie on the 17th of March, 1058. 13 Lulach had reigned for a mere seven months. Malcolm Canmore became Malcolm III, King of Scots and the House of Moray was never again to occupy the throne of Scotland.

MacBeth

Monarch Birth Reign Married
Macbeth circa 1005
son of-
Findláech mac Ruaidrí,
Mormaer of Moray and
Donada
, daughter of Malcolm II

1040-1057
Gruoch of Scotland
Lulach circa 1029
son of-
Gille Coemgáin of Moray
and Gruoch of Scotland


1057 - 1058