Colbán, Earl of Fife

Mormaer Colbán of Fife ruled Fife, 1266 – 1270/2. He was probably the son of Maol Choluim II. Not much is known about his life and reign. Colbán's death is disputed, and depends on what evidence one interprets. G.W.S. Barrow gives 1272, but Bannerman gives 1270. He married Anna, the daughter of Alan Durward, with whom he fathered Donnchadh III of Fife. The latter succeeded him upon his death.


  • Bannerman, John, "MacDuff of Fife," in A. Grant & K.Stringer (eds.) Medieval Scotland: Crown, Lordship and Community, Essays Presented to G.W.S. Barrow, (Edinburgh, 1993), pp.20-38
  • Barrow, G. W. S., The Kingdom of the Scots: Government, Church and Society from the Eleventh to the Fourteenth Century, (Edinburgh, 2003)

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