Clan Gunn origin - Wikipedia
The problem with Wikipedia is that in areas of dispute it gets very confused. Currently it says of Clan Gunn origin (accessed 17 July 2014)
Clan Gunn is a Scottish clan associated with northeastern Scotland, including Caithness and Sutherland as well as the Orkney Islands. The Clan Gunn is one of the oldest Scottish Clans descended from the Norse Jarls of Orkney and the Pictish Mormaers of Caithness.
The traditional origin of the Clan Gunn is that the progenitor of the clan was one Gunni who came to Caithness at the end of the 12th century when his wife, Ragnhild, inherited the estates from her brother, Harald Maddadsson who was the Earl of Orkney. His wife descended from St Ragnvald, who was the founder of the St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney. Gunni, whose name meant war, was allegedly descended from Viking adventurers and his grandfather was Sweyn who was killed in a raid on Dublin in 1171. Smibert however states that the Gunns were of Gaelic origin. The Norse link is questionable[original research?] as Snaekollr Gunnison went into exile in Norway in 1231/2 and there is proof of him being still there in 1239, on the side of the rebellion against King Hacon/Haakon and there is no proof of his return to Scotland...
In other words Wikipedia argues against itself.
But let's look at the key issue. The Clan Gunn origin problem is the supposed 'Chief Snaekoll Gunn' link to the Orkney islands / Norway but
I'd love to hear an academic argument for the 'Clan Gunn Chief' / Orkney link. I just can't find any and I am trying to find the truth in Gunn history. All I see is a quasi-religious faith issue -
I believe the Gunn Chiefs were related to the nobility of the Orkney islands so it must be true!
Or, if you prefer, how does one disprove a conspiracy theory? Because the idea that Gunn chiefs descend from the Orkney aristocracy has no more proof than a conspiracy theory, such as the world is flat...
As I have said before there is no Clan Gunn Chief link to the Orkney Islands. The Clan Gunn began as a non-kindred tribal group of original inhabitants of parts of Caithness and Sutherland.
On what basis does the Clan Society UK include the Orkney Islands in their 2015 International Gathering http://www.clangunnsociety.org/2015-international-gathering ?
I can see the quasi-religious 'article of faith' belief for Clan Gunn Chiefs coming from the Orkney Islands but, as said above, I am not aware of any academic basis for a supposed 'Clan Gunn Chief' - meaning Snaekoll Gunn / Ottar Snaekollson - having an academically verifiable Orkney islands link. And I like my history based on fact...