Book extract ‘The Kingdom of the Isles’ by David Caldwell, 2014. An overview of the sea kingdom of the western isles of Scotland and its links with the Isle of Man, from which it was ruled during the Medieval period. Topics covered include the extent and influence of the kingdom of the isles, administrators, castles, the church, economy, mercenary services, art and architecture.
Book extract ‘The Sea Power of the Western Isles of Scotland in the late Medieval Period’ by David Caldwell, 2015, about the struggle for domination of the isles between Somerled and the Kings of the Isles based on the Isle of Man, during the 14th and 15th centuries. Topics covered are the ships, galleys and birlinns used to patrol the islands, the extent of the island kingdom, the warriors, and the social, legal and political management of the kingdom.
Notes titled ‘A Tyrannical and Tiresome Tirade on Tiree by a Tired Retiree’ on the Medieval history and archaeology of Tiree by David Caldwell, casting doubt on the popular view that Tiree (along with Mull and Islay) was ruled by Somerled and his descendents to the exclusion of the dynasty of kings. David Caldwell, retired Keeper of Medieval Department at the National Museum of Scotland, gave a talk on the subject during a visit to Tiree in April 2016.
Photocopy of an academic paper ‘Brochs and the Hebridean Iron Age’ by Euan W. MacKie published in the journal Antiquity XXXIV, 1965. Includes section on Dùn Mor Vaul.
Fragment of pottery from a collection of objects found by George Holleyman at Balevullin in 1941-43. Identified by Dr Colleen Batey on 21/10/2016 as being late Norse ‘gritty ware’ from the east coast in the 12-13th centuries.
Wooden case (550 x 325 mm) containing approximately 200 small bronze objects and eight worked flints collected by George Holleyman from a sand-hill site at Balevullin during 1941-3.
Wooden case (550 x 325 mm) containing 40 Iron Age pottery shards collected by George Holleyman from a sand-hill site at Balevullin during 1941-3.
Bag of 6 iron-rich rock fragments collected from Barrapol in 2015.
Collection of items from an Iron Age or Medieval midden at Balevullin
Cardboard box of 17 artefact bags containing a collection of around 600 pieces of pottery sherds, flints, iron slag, bog iron and iron scrap from the remains of an Iron Age or Medieval midden situated in a blown-out dune on Balevullin machair, 100m north of the road cattlegrid between Kilmoluaig and Balevullin (Baca Charachan). Returned to donor from the Treasure Trove department at the National Museum in Edinburgh.