Photocopied book extract ‘Norse settlement patterns in Coll and Tiree’ by Anne Johnston.
Photocopied extract of an article about the location of the Old Norse place-name ‘Isleborg’ in the Argyll Islands, by Dr John Holliday, Balephuil, and the possibility that it refers to an ancient fort on Loch an Eilein on Tiree. Published in West Highland Notes and Queries, Series 4, No. 2, December 2016.
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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.
Book ‘Longships on the Sand – Scandinavian and medieval settlement on the island of Tiree: a place-name study’ by Dr John Holliday, Balephuil, 2016. Signed by the author: “To An Iodhlann, with best wishes to all who sail in her!”
An Iodhlann’s Chairman, Dr John Holliday, has written and published a new book ‘Longships on the Sand’. Based on some 250 Norse and medieval place-names, this fascinating new analysis demonstrates that the Norse influence on Tiree was intense, profoundly shaping the island from the ninth to the thirteenth century as one of the Outer Hebrides. Available from An Iodhlann at £35.
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.
Fragment of grass-tempered pottery, possibly Norse, from a collection of artefacts found by George Holleyman at Balevullin in 1941-43. Note the grass markings and the voids in the pottery produced by mixing animal dung with clay. Identified by Dr Colleen Batey 21/10/2016.
Book ‘Vikings – life and legend’ edited by G Williams, P Pentz and M Wemhoff, 2014. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the British Museum, the book explores developements in Scandinavian society in a global context during the core period of the Viking Age (AD 800-1050).
Book ‘The Viking World’ by James Graham-Campbell, 2013. Authoritative update on a previous edition of the same title, based on recent archaeological research, with a new chapter on ships, shipwrights and seamen.