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Giric, king of Picts (877/8–885/9). The sources for the succession in what (c.900) became the kingship of the Scots are meagre and confused following the peak of Scandinavian devastation in 875–6. The descendants of Kenneth I in the male line lost the kingship between 878 and 889. Two names of possible kings in this period are Eochaid and Giric. Giric is very obscure; he may have been Eochaid's guardian; and he may have lost power following a solar eclipse on 16 June 885. By the 12th cent., however, he mysteriously acquired legendary status as liberator of the Scottish church from Pictish oppression and (fantastically) conqueror of Ireland and most of England. As a result, Giric was later known as ‘Gregory the Great’.

Dauvit Broun

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