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Timeline

Year Month Event Description Reference
980s Sigurd the Stout 14th Earl Defeats Finnleik at battle of Skidamire carrying the enchanted standard of the black raven - sacred to Odin - woven by his mother and then the Scottish Earls Hundi and Melsnati St Clairs of the Isles (Sinclair)
995 Sigurd 14th Earl Forced to convert and introduce Christianity 'the true faith' into Orkney by Olaf,Tryggvi's son, King of Norway The Orkneyinga Saga              Oxford Companion to Scottish History
996         Nov Richard 3rd Duke of Normandy Dies. Son, Richard 4th Duke succeeds History of the Sinclair Family in Europe and America (Morrison)
Richard 4th Duke Had three sons, Richard 5th Duke, Robert 6th Duke and Malger Archbishop of Rouen, and four daughters Margaret (Helen) married Walderne Earl of St Clair (son of Malger), Alice married the Count of Burgundy, Eleonora married Earl of Flanders and their dau. married William The Conqueror, and Papia History of the Sinclair Family in Europe and America (Morrison)
1002 Marriage of Emma daughter of Richard 3rd Duke of Normandy to King Aethelred II of England
1006 Walderne Sinclair 2nd son of Malger born. Became Earl of St Clair. History of the Sinclair Family in Europe and America (Morrison)
1008 Hubert 3rd son of Malger born. Became Earl of Rye in Normandy. Had four sons Radulph, Hubert, Adam and Eudo who all fought at Hastings in 1066 and then held large estates in England History of the Sinclair Family in Europe and America (Morrison)
1014 Battle of Clontarf Sigurd 14th Earl killed while carrying the enchnted banner. "all who bear it get their death". Succeeded by Somerled his eldest son St Clairs of the Isles (Sinclair)
1014 Thorfinn, (to be 18th Earl and brother of Somerled)  Aged 5, made Earl of Caithness and Sutherland by Malcolm II, King of Scots, his maternal grandfather St Clairs of the Isles (Sinclair)
1015 Somerled 15th Earl Dies. Succeeded by Einar II his brother St Clairs of the Isles (Sinclair)
1017          Jul Marriage of Queen Emma to King Knut (Canute) of Denmark & England Following Knut's invasion and marriage, the grandsons, one of whom was 'Edward the Exile', of King Aethelred II escaped to Sweden, then 12 years later to Kiev. Laurel Fechner
1018 Einar II 16th Earl Vanquished by Eyvind Urarhorn and King Conchobhar at Battle of Ulfreksfiord The Orkneyinga Saga
1019 or 1026 Einar II 16th Earl Killed by Thorkell  in Deerness and Brusi, his brother inherits The Orkneyinga Saga  or                  St Clairs of the Isles (Sinclair) 
1026 Richard 4th Duke of Normandy dies Succeeded by son Richard 5th Duke History of the Sinclair Family in Europe and America (Morrison)
1027 William 'The Conqueror' Born. Illegitimate son of Robert 6th Duke of Normandy History of the Sinclair Family in Europe and America (Morrison)
1028 William 'The Seemly' Sinclair Born at St. Lo, Normandy son of Walderne, Earl of St. Clair. Founder of the Sinclair dynasty in Scotland History of the Sinclair Family in Europe and America (Morrison)
1028 Richard 5th Duke Dies. Succeeded by brother Robert 6th Duke 'The Saint and the Devil' History of the Sinclair Family in Europe and America (Morrison)
1028 Olaf the Holy King of Norway driven out by King Canute of England and Denmark who is married to Emma The Orkneyinga Saga
1030 Brusi 17th Earl does a deal with brother Thorfinn and splits the land and then fades away. Thorfinn takes all St Clairs of the Isles (Sinclair)
 1030 Thorfinn II 18th Earl Jarl of Orkney and Earl of Caithness Complete Peerage
1031-33 Robert 6th Duke Assists King  Henry of France regain his throne St Clairs of the Isles (Sinclair)
 1034? Moddan Created Earl of Caithness by King Karl Hundason Complete Peerage                         St Clairs of the Isles (Sinclair)
1035 Robert 6th Duke Makes pilgramage to Jerusalem St Clairs of the Isles (Sinclair)
1035 Robert 6th Duke Dies. Succeeded by illegitimate son William by Hereleve Sinclair Geneaology (Niven Sinclair)
1035-1046 Rognvald II Nephew of Thorfinn II jointly rule until they disagree and Thorfinn kills him St Clairs of the Isles (Sinclair)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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