This section features Clan Gunn in Scotland. The plan is to trace the family of John and Annie Gunn who emigrated to Canada, from England, circa 1828, back to the clan's roots, which were hopefully in the Highlands of Scotland.
Until genealogy is commenced in that regard, posting some history of the Clan Gunn in the Highlands will hopefully be of interest and help.
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Ancient spellings include: Gun, Gunnr, Gunn-arr, and Gunni.
The meaning of Gunnr is WAR.
The maps show the Scottish Highlands. Gunnr emigrated to the northeast coastal area.
Historians generally accept the claim that the Clan Gunn is decent from the Norse and has waged war to defend their land and honour. Agreement and verification as to when and where the first family came to the Highlands of Scotland has not been traced by me. This part of Peace or War has selected information from The Clan Gunn Heritage Centre at Latheron, Caithness County, Scotland; and two published historians, whom I respectfully refer to as virtual cousins: Nancy A. Gunn MacCorkill and Robert M. Gunn.
The Clan Gunn claims decent from:
(1) Norse Jarls (Earls) of Orkney; and
(2) Ancient Celtic Mormaers of Caithness through Ragnhild daughter of Moddan in Dale,
son of Moddan, Mormaer (High Steward) of Caithness, who was killed in 1040, and
granddaughter of Saint Ragnhild, Jarl of Orkney, who married Gunni, the reputed
name-father of the Clan.
Gunni (Gunnr) was himself a grandson of Sweyn Aslief's son, the "Ultimate Viking"
and hero of the Orkenyinga Saga.
The principal lands were acquired through Ragnhild, who inherited great estates in Caithness and Sutherland on the death of her brother, Harold Ungi, Jarl in Orkney and Earl of Caithness in 1198.
Another rather close tradition gives the clan's Highland roots beginning with Gunni, the second son of Olaf the Black, King of Man (Orkney) and the Isles (Skye). Olaf died in 1237.
The genealogy puzzle is complicated a 1980's theory by Mark Rudd Gunn, that Gunni started the clan earlier. Gunni is reported to be a grandson of Sweyn Asleif, The Pirate of Freswick. Sweyn is reported to have been killed during the sack of Dublin in 1171. Asleif-son and descendents ruled the Earldoms of Orkney and Caithness during the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries.
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