Islay: The Land of the Lordship ハードカバー – 2008/10/1
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This book covers the history of the island of Islay up to the present day, with a particular focus on the people who have made it their home over thousands of years. Originally part of Dal Riata, the early kingdom of the Scots, Islay was subsequently colonised by Scandinavian settlers in the middle of the ninth century. It was also the home of the MacDonalds, who established the Lordship of the Isles during the Medieval Period. In the Gaelic world, their status was king-like and, at the height of their power in the 15th century, they mounted a challenge to the Stewart dynasty for control of Scotland.
Archaeology combined with documentary research has helped to build a picture of how the people of Islay lived, the way the land was farmed and the development of local industries, including the distilling of whisky.
David Campbell is Keeper of Scotland & Europe in the National Museums of Scotland.