Clan Donald is one of the oldest, largest and most famous of all the Highland clans.
Celts: Its Celtic roots goes back into antiquity, beyond the 6th Century AD, to the great clans in what today is Ireland: Conn of the 100 Battles; Cairfre Riada, founder of Dal Riada in Antrim, Eire, and Colla Uathais.
Vikings: Our Viking foundation goes back to Ingiald "Ill-Ruler" and Olaf "Tree-Hewer" in 7th Century Sweden and Norway.
Best of Two Worlds: All of these traditional blood lines came together in the 12th century in Somerled MacGillebride MacGilladamnan, the historic founder of Clann Domhnaill. Our ancestors were regarded as the heads of the ancient race of Conn, and the lineal heirs of the kings of the Dalriadic Scots.
Norse–Gaels of mixed Gaelic and Norse ancestry and culture dominated much of the Scottish and Irish Sea regions from the 9th to 12th centuries.