Gilledomnan mac Solam


Family Links

1. Harald IV "Gille" Magnusson of Norway

Bjadok 2016,2208,2209

  • Marriage (1): Harald IV "Gille" Magnusson of Norway

   Other names for Bjadok were Beathach and Biadak.


  General Notes:

She was one of Harald Gille's concubines.

Biadoc, also called Biadok and Bja­÷k (fl. 1142), was the royal mistress of king Harold IV of Norway and the mother of king Eystein II of Norway.

According to the 19th century history The Clan Donald, the Scottish clan leader Gilledomnan mac Solam had a daughter who was the "wife of Harold, King of Norway". David Sellar traced this claim to the 18th century and concluded that the Harold concerned may have been Harold IV who was "born and raised in Ireland or the Sudreys [who] claimed to be the son of Magnus Barelegs by a Gaelic mother".

Biadoc's brother was Gillebride of Clan MacInnes, the father of Somerled, Lord of Argyll. On his death bed in 1142, Harold IV declared that he had left a son behind him in Scotland. When Biadoc arrived in Norway the same year and declared her son Eystein to be the son and heir of Harold IV, she was believed; Harold IV himself was identified to be the son of his father the same way.

Harald Gilli's sons' Saga calls her "Biadok". This may be the equivalent of the Gaelic Bethˇc, also the name of Somerled's daughter Bethˇc, Prioress of Iona.


Bjadok married Harald IV "Gille" Magnusson of Norway, son of Magnus III Barefoot of Norway and Brigida O'Brien. (Harald IV "Gille" Magnusson of Norway was born in 1094-1103 in Ireland and died on 13 Dec 1136 in Bergen, Hordaland, Norway.)