I am going over the early, non-existent Gunn ‘Chiefs’ and thought it time to mention supposed ‘Chief Gunn’ Ottar Snaekollson again.
The ONLY evidence offered for Ottar Snaekollson in the Gunn ‘histories’ is his mention in the Norwegian Saga of the time; see Mark Rugg Gunn’s book page 31. I agree there was an Ottar Snaekollson but he was a Sudreyan Chief who lived near the Hebrides; he had nothing to do with the Gunns. Yes, more than one person can have the same name at one time…
Ottar Snaekollson was not the son of the supposed ‘Chief Gunn’ Snaekoll Gunnison for many reasons but the obvious one is simple – if you check Norwegian history you will find Ottar Snaekollson was in Bergen negotiating with the King of Norway in 1224 (being Mark Rugg Gunn’s page 31). But Snaekoll Gunnison – his supposed father if you believe the Gunn myths - had to be born around 1200 as his mother’s first husband died in 1198, and Snaekoll Gunnison descended from the second husband. This means if you accept ‘Clan’ Gunn myths ‘Chief’ Ottar Snaekollson had to be in Bergen negotiating with the King of Norway when he was aged around four years. That’s obviously impossible. And don’t forget this is the only ‘evidence’ offered for Ottar being the son of the supposed‘Chief’ Snaekoll in any Gunn history…
There is no proof that Snaekoll Gunnison married, had children nor returned to Scotland after his many years in disgrace in Norway. Gunn descent from Snaekoll completely lacks evidence; Gunns do not descend from the Orkney Islands.