Gartnait of Buchan
is the first Mormaer
to be known by name as Mormaer
. He was married to a woman named Ete (or Ite), the daughter of a Gille Míchéil, whom he appears alongside in a grant to Deer
recorded in the Gaelic
Notes on the Book of Deer
. This is surely Gille Míchéil
, Mormaer of Fife
. The same source tells us that Gartnait was the son of Cainnech, although does not tell us if this Cainnech had previously been Mormaer.
He had a daughter Éva, whom he married to Colbán, his successor.
- Anderson, Alan Orr, Early Sources of Scottish History: AD 500-1286, 2 Vols (Edinburgh, 1922)
- Roberts, John L., Lost Kingdoms: Celtic Scotland in the Middle Ages, (Edinburgh, 1997), pp. 49-50