Description - Islay by David Caldwell
This book covers the history of Islay up to the present day with a particular focus on the people of the island. Islay was originally part of Dal Riata, the early kingdom of the Scots, but was then colonised by Scandinavian settlers in the middle of the ninth century. It also looks at the lesser folk, especially during the time of the Campbell lairds, from the early 17th century onwards.
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Author Biography - David Caldwell
Dr David Caldwell is Keeper of Scotland & Europe in the National Museums of Scotland. In the 1990s he directed excavations at Finlaggan on Islay, the centre of the Lordship of the Isles. He is the author of another Birlinn publication, Islay, Jura and Colonsay: A Historical Guide (2001), which provides a gazetteer of sites and monuments to complement this book.