Ragnvald BRUSASON, II Jarl of Orkney

Male 1015 - 1046  (~ 36 years)

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  • Name Ragnvald BRUSASON 
    Suffix II Jarl of Orkney 
    Born Between 1010 and 1015  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Dec 1046  [1
    Buried Dec 1046  Papa Westray, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I6620  BlytheGenealogy
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2019 

    Father Brusi Sigurdsson JARL OF 1, 3 of Orkney,   b. Abt 988, Orkney, Orkney Islands, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1030 and 1035  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Family ID F29212  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Orkneyinga Saga names “Rognvald” as son of Brusi, adding that he was t wo years old when his father took him to Norway after the death of hi s brother Einar. A later passage records that Olaf II King of Norway k ept Ragnvald in Norway when his father returned to Orkney and that “a t an early age he grew to be tall and strong… and he stayed with Kin g Olaf for a long time”. As King Olaf´ s reign ended in 1028, this pas sage is inconsistent with Ragnvald having been two years old when he a rrived in Norway. The best estimate that can be made is that Ragnval d must have been at least 15 years old in 1030, so must have been bor n in [1010/15]. Snorre names Ragnvald son of Earl Bruse when recordin g that he was given as a hostage to Olav King of Norway in 1021, and a ccompanied the king into exile in Novgorod. Orkneyinga Saga records th at “Rognvald Brusason” took part “in the battle of Stiklestad in whic h King Olaf the St. was killed” (elsewhere dated to 29 Jul 1030), the n travelled to Novgorod “where King Jaroslav gave them a kindly welcom e”, before returning to Norway with King Magnus II (who succeeded in 1 035), and eventually sailing to Orkney to claim his father´ s inherita nce. Morkinskinna records “Rognvaldr Brú sason… a very valiant and pop ular man” as leader of the “Russian defence forces” under “King Yarosl av”. Morkinskinna records that Magnus King of Norway “put Rognvaldr Br ú sason in authority to the west in Orkney and gave him the title of j arl” but that “great strife broke out between Rognvaldr jarl and Thorf innr jarl his uncle”. Orkneyinga Saga records that Ragnvald left Orkne y to seek help from Magnus King of Norway after a dispute with his unc le, was defeated when he returned to Orkney, succeeded in expelling Th orfinn after returning with a second invasion fleet, but was murdere d by Thorfinn´ s forces, and buried at “Papa Westray”. The Complete Pe erage dates Ragnvald´ s death to Dec 1046 but does not cite the primar y source on which this is based. [Foundation for Medieval Genealogy]

  • Sources 
    1. [S3514] Foundation for Medieval Genealogy online [http://fmg.ac].