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Is your surname of Scottish origin? Did you know your name of Thompson/Thomson may be of Scottish origin and not English? Did you know the name of Cash may stem from MacCaish or M'Ash and may be the same as MacTavish of Clan MacTavish? The surnames are ones found in the "Surnames of Scotland" by Prof. George Black. "Surnames of Scotland" is recommended by NAS (National Archives of Scotland) as a book to use in your research of your Scottish surname. In this book, you will find information on variant spellings of names, patronymic information, etc. Click on the link for "Links to Sites on Scottish SURNAMES".

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Rebels without a Cause? The Relations of Fergus of Galloway and Somerled of Argyll with the Scottish Kings, 1151-1164 by R. Andrew McDonald

The Kingdom of the Isles Scotland's Western Seaboard, C.1100 - C.1336 by R. Andrew MacDonald

ISBN 1 898410 85 2 - paperback - 2nd reprint 2002

This important study explores the history of the western seaboard of Scotland (the Hebrides, Argyll and the Isle of Man) in a formative but, until now, neglected era: the central middle ages, from the mighty Somerled to his descendant, John MacDonald, the first Lord of the Isles (C.1336).

Drawing on a variety of sources, this very readable narrative deals with three major and closely interrelated themes: first, the existence of the Isles and coastal mainland as a kingdom from C.1100 to 1266; second, the rulers of the region, Somerled and his descendants, the MacDougalls, MacDonalds, and MacRuairis; and third, the often complex relations among the Isles, Scotland, Norway and England.

While political history predominates, the changing nature of society in the Isles is emphasised throughout, and separate chapters address the church and monasticism as well as the monuments of the western seaboard - the castles, monasteries, churches and chapels that form an enduring legacy of the Kingdom of the Isles.

A fully rounded history emerges, and it is one that transcends national viewpoints. No such study has been published for at least fifty years.


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