Loch Finlaggan was the base for the Lordship of the Isles
in the 14th and 15th centuries and is now an important archaeological site.
The title with its roots in the 800-year-old Lordship of the Isles
- now held by Prince Charles - is being sold with the ruins of the 15th century MacDonald stronghold, Knock Castle on Skye, and four acres of land.
The discussion of the MacDonald Lordship of the Isles
is especially effective, restoring Gaeldom to its proper place as an integral player in the history of medieval Scotland.
I was familiar with the area from children's adventure stories and Gavin Maxwell's books and had covered the interaction of the Lordship of the Isles
and Scots monarchs in an earlier book.
They filled the power vacuum that was left after the revoking of the Lordship of the Isles
The lordship of the isles is perceived by many as something remote, empty, heathen and practically barbarian.
The lordship of the isles is reckoned to have started around 1330.
Q HOW important was the Lordship of the Isles to Scotland's history?
1330: The normally recognised beginning of the Lordship of the isles with the accession of Good King John of Islay