Clan MacBeth

MacBeth or MacBethad MacFinlaeg was a Celtic King of Scotland, whose reign began in 1040, and lasted for seventeen years. He is said to have succeeded his father as ruler of the province of Moray, and married a grand-daughter of Kenneth III. He slew King Duncan, his predecessor. He was himself slain at Lumphanan, Aberdeenshire, in 1057, and was buried in Iona, the common sepulchre for many centuries of the Scottish kings.
His step-son Lulach succeeded him, but was slain at Essie in Strathbogie. The race of the Mormairs of Moray for some generations continued unsuccessfully to contest the throne with the line of King Duncan. Their claims were eventually disposed of by a treaty, in which the Lord of the Isles seems to have taken part.
The name was originally a personal one, meaning “lively one." In modern Gaelic it is spelt Macbheatha, and another form was Bethan. The two names were at a later date merged into the English form of Beaton or Beton. According to the Dean of Lismore, many of the manuscripts in the Advocates' Library were written by the Betons or Macbheaths, who were physicians in Islay and Mull, and also sennachies of the Macleans. The arms recorded are those of George Macbeth

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