Magnus of Norway “Barefoot” Olafsson III Famous memorial

Death 24 Aug 1103 (aged 29–30)
Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland
Burial Burial Details Unknown, Specifically: Killed in battle, body never recovered.
Memorial ID 62091299 View Source

King of Norway 1093-1103. He was the son of Olav II Kyrre and his mistress, Thora Jonsdottir. He acquired his nickname "Barefoot" due of his habit of wearing Gaelic-style clothing, which left his lower legs bare. He ascended the throne in September 1093 after his father's death. In 1101 he married Margaret Fredkulla, the daughter of King Inge the Elder and Queen Helena of Sweden, which was arranged as part of a peace treaty between Norway and Sweden. In 1103, he set out with his army to invade and conquer Ireland. A large opposing Irish force ambushed them by surprise near the present day site of Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, and Magnus was killed in the ensuing battle. The exact location of his burial has never been fully determined. He was jointly succeeded to the Norwegian throne by his illegitimate sons, Oystein, Sigurd, and Olaf Magunsson.

Bio by: William Bjornstad

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: William Bjornstad
  • Added: 24 Nov 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 62091299
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Magnus of Norway “Barefoot” Olafsson III (1073–24 Aug 1103), Find a Grave Memorial ID 62091299, ; Maintained by Find a Grave Burial Details Unknown, who reports a Killed in battle, body never recovered..