Macbeth was born in 1005 and is famous largely because of Shakespeare however the play Macbeth bears little resemblance to actual history. Macbeth gained the throne in 1040 after forming an alliance with Thorfinn, the Earl of Orkney and defeating and killing Duncan I in battle.

His rule seems to have been fairly stable and he even went on pilgrimage to Rome in 1050. However in 1054 Malcolm III invaded with English support and Macbeth was forced north. He wasn't decisively beaten by Malcolm until 1057 when he was defeated and killed at the Battle of Lumphanan.

Macbeth was buried on Iona and succeeded albeit briefly by his step-son Lulach.