Kenneth was the son of Dubh.

According to one account, he tried to ensure that his own son Giric would succeed him by making him joint king. 

However, Kenneth and Giric were killed in battle in March 1005 at Monzievaird, Perthshire by his kinsman Malcolm, who seized the throne. Malcolm may have subsequently arranged the murder of Kenneth III's grandson, to enable a clear succession for his own grandson, Duncan I.

Image: Iona Abbey, on the remote island of Iona, where many ancient Scottish kings are rumoured to have been buried.