Fwd: Clan Somhairle research assistance
I am looking for any information, references, source material, etc.
regarding the status/activities of the Clann Somhairle (i.e. the
descendents of Somerled - the MacDonalds, MacDougalls, MacRuaries) in
Ireland from the time period following Somerled's death (c.1164) to
the period immediatley following the Bruce invasion (c. 1320-25).
What I am interested in is how the members of these kindreds fit into
the Gaelic aristocracy of the time and how the native Gaelic Irish
regarded them and their activities from a purely Irish perspective
within the larger Gaelic polity of Ireland and Scotland, as opposed
how they were regarded from a Scottish, or Anglo-Scottish,
perspective. I have chosen the time period above since it
occurs before Clan Donald hegemony over the isles really takes hold,
before the title "Lord of the Isles" became a concrete reality for
Clan Donald and before the establishment of the Clan Donald in Antrim.
The reason for this is to determine how the Clan Somhairle were
regarded as a whole, as one kindred group, without the pre-eminence
which Clan Donald attained presenting a monopoly of interest.
I hope to attempt to discover if these kindreds were considered more
than "galloglaich" by the native Irish, if they were considered
"Scots" or were they thought of as true "Gaels" and members of the
ancient aristocracies, despite their "foreign" origins. I also hope
complile some sort of narrative regarding the activities of these
groups in Ireland, which for this time period (c.1175-c.1325) is
neglected because these kindreds are seen more in a Scottish frame of
reference without acknowledgement given to their Irish spheres of
Any assistance with sources, texts, references, etc. is greatly
appreciated, and outside of that maybe the topics raised here will
spark some discussion in this group to which we all can contribute
>Try: _The Kingdom of the Isles: Scotland's Western Seaboard
> I am looking for any information, references, source material, etc.
> regarding the status/activities of the Clann Somhairle (i.e. the
> descendents of Somerled - the MacDonalds, MacDougalls, MacRuaries) in
> Ireland from the time period following Somerled's death (c.1164) to
> the period immediatley following the Bruce invasion (c. 1320-25).
c. 1100-c.1336_ by R. Andrew McDonald (Phantassie, Tuckwell
Press, 1997) ISBN: 1898410 85 2. It deals with the families you
mention in the light of their transition from Celtic Ri's to feudal
Ingenita levitas et erudita vanitas.
M. Tullius Cicero