Donald II (Donmall mac Custantin) the son of Constantine I was King of Alba (Scotland) from 889-900. His reign marked a pivotal point in Scotland’s history but like his predecessors, information about his life is scarce.
It was during his tenure that Alba, the Gaelic term for Scotland was first recorded. Professor Dauvit Broun of Glasgow University suggests that Alba, “was probably Pictland in a new guise (minus the area in the north under Norse rule).”
Broun also makes the point that the title ‘King of Scotland’ replaced the earlier ‘king of Picts’ or ‘King of Picts and Scots’ and the people became known as “inhabitants of Scotland.”
Sigurd the Mighty
The timing of Donald’s accession was unfortunate to say the least as it coincided with the rise to power of the Orkney based Viking, Sigurd the Mighty.
Succeeded by Constantine II
After his death in 900, Donald was succeeded by his cousin Constantine II.