The Lordship of the Isles, twelve specialists offer new insights on the rise and fall of the MacDonalds of Islay and the greatest Gaelic lordship of later medieval Scotland. Portrayed most often as either the independently-minded last great patrons of Scottish Gaelic culture or as dangerous rivals to the Stewart kings for mastery of Scotland, this collection navigates through such opposed perspectives to re-examine the politics, culture, society and connections of Highland and Hebridean Scotland from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries. It delivers a compelling account of a land and people caught literally and figuratively between two worlds, those of the Atlantic and mainland Scotland, and of Gaelic and Anglophone culture.
Contributors are David Caldwell, Sonja Cameron, Alastair Campbell, Alison Cathcart, Colin Martin, Tom McNeill, Lachlan Nicholson, Richard Oram, Michael Penman, Alasdair Ross, Geoffrey Stell and Sarah Thomas.
Richard Oram, Ph.D (1988), University of St Andrews, is Professor of Medieval and Environmental History at the University of Stirling. He has published monographs and many articles, including
Domination and Lordship: Scotland 1070-1230 (EUP, 2011).
"This collection of twelve articles plus an introduction is an extremely welcome addition to the increasingly sophisticated literature on the Gaelic culture of Highland and Hebridean Scotland from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries."
Landscape History, Vol. 37, No. 1, DOI: 10.1080/01433768.2016.1176438, Date accessed: 5 May, 2016
List of Illustrations and Maps…vii
List of Abbreviations …x
List of Contributors …xii
A Celtic Dirk at Scotland’s Back? The Lordship of the Isles in Mainstream Scottish Historiography since 1828 …1
Richard D. Oram
1 Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Climate, Weather and the Rise of the Lordship of the Isles …40
Richard D. Oram
2 The MacDonald Lordship and the Bruce Dynasty, c.1306–c.1371 …62
Michael A. Penman
3 From the River Farrar to the Loire Valley: The MacDonald Lord of the Isles, the Scottish Crown, and International Diplomacy, 1428–1438 …88
4 Ghille Chattan Mhor and Clann Mhic an Tòisich Lands in the Clann Dhomhnail Lordship of Lochaber …101
5 Bishops, Priests, Monks and Their Patrons: The Lords of the Isles and the Church …123
6 ‘Contumaciously Absent’?: The Lords of the Isles and the Scottish Crown …146
7 A Maritime Dominion – Sea-Power and the Lordship …176
8 West Highland Heraldry and the Lordship of the Isles …200
Alastair Campbell of Airds
9 Organising a Lordship: The Castles of the MacDonalds of Dunivaig and the Glens …211
10 The Lordship of the Isles: Identity Through Materiality …227
David H. Caldwell
11 A Spent Force?: The Clan Donald in the Aftermath of 1493 …254
12 Castle Tioram and the MacDonalds of Clanranald: A Western Seaboard Castle in Context …271
All interested in the history, archaeology, culture and society of the MacDonald Lordship of the Isles and medieval Gaelic Scotland generally, and their relationships with the Stewart kings of Scotland.