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Lord of the Isles

Michael Brown

in The Wars of Scotland 1214–1371

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780748612376
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672301 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612376.003.0013
Lord of the Isles

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The years of crisis and war which engulfed the Scottish realm between 1286 and 1356 altered political relationships and power structures across the north and west of the British Isles. Nowhere were these changes of greater significance than in the isles and coastlands to the west of Scotland. Though the Hebrides and Isle of Man had been brought under the lordship of the Scottish king, the Isles retained their own traditions and identities. Through the coming decades politics in the Isles would be dominated by competing magnates, especially the lines descended from Somerled, the MacDougalls of Lorn, the MacDonalds of Islay, and the MacRuairis of Garmoran, who still regarded themselves as heirs to his kingship over Inse Gall. The wars in the Isles had a strategic importance in the efforts of first the Plantagenets and then the Bruces to extend their lordship, but it would be the ambitions of the Islesmen themselves that would prove of greatest significance in reshaping structures of power in the far west.

Keywords: war; Scottish history; British Isles; Scotland; kingship

Chapter.  9088 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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