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Skene says that "the probability is that the half of Caithness which belonged to the Angus family was that half possessed by the earls of the line of Erlend, and was given by King Alexander with the title of Earl to Magnus, as the son of one of Earl Harald "Ungi"s sisters" and that "the Norwegian name of Magnus indicates that [Earl Magnus] had a Norwegian mother".

He cites no primary source either, and the implication is that Skene is speculating on all the points which he makes.

His birth date range is estimated on the assumption that he was the father of his successor, Earl Gillbride/Gibbon/Gilbert (see under the Earls of Caithness, below).According to Skene, the relationship between these rulers and their provinces was not purely territorial but connected with the tribes which occupied the land.After the accession of David I King of Scotland in 1124, the tie to the land was strengthened as the mormaerships were transformed into earldoms, the earls holding the land from the Scottish crown as tenants-in-chief in accordance with the Norman feudal system.Concerning the supposed parentage of Earl Magnuss mother, it appears unlikely that Magnuss right to Caithness was derived from the junior branch of the comital family of Orkney/Caithness, to which Erik Slagbrellir belonged, as it ceased to hold any interest in the county after 1198, while Magnuss grant appears to be dated to the 1230s (as discussed more fully below).A more sensible suggestion is that, assuming Magnuss right to Caithness was inherited from his mother, she was related to the last Earl John, who died in 1232, and whose rights would have been divided between his two heiresses.] .Heredity of the mormaerships was originally in the male line only.

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