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Celtic Scotland

Celtic Scotland
A History of Ancient Alban
3 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Medieval History

  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from July 2019
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108084253

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About the Authors
  • The historian William Forbes Skene (1809–92), encouraged to learn Gaelic by Sir Walter Scott, a friend of his father, combined a career as a lawyer in his family's firm with a deep interest in the history of the Celts, which was strengthened by a period of philological study in Germany. This three-volume history of Celtic Scotland (or Alban, to give it the name used by Skene in his subtitle), regarded as his most important work, was published between 1876 and 1880. Skene's intention was 'to ascertain the true facts of the early civic history' of Scotland, given that the later works of medieval Scots historians could not be relied upon for a factual narrative. The three volumes are organised by topic. After an introductory chapter, Volume 1 considers the history and ethnology of early Britain; Volume 2 the Celtic church and culture; and Volume 3 the land and people.

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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108084253
    • dimensions: 320 x 250 x 70 mm
    • weight: 2.4kg
    • contains: 10 maps
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from July 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Part I. History and Ethnology:
    1. Advance of the Romans to the firths of Forth and Clyde
    2. The Roman province in Scotland
    3. Britain after the Romans
    4. Ethnology of Britain
    5. The four kingdoms
    6. The kingdom of Scone
    7. The kingdom of Alban
    8. The kingdom of Scotia
    9. The kingdom of Scotia passes into feudal Scotland
    Appendix. Volume 2: Preface
    Part II. Church and Culture:
    1. The churches in the west
    2. The monastic church in Ireland
    3. The monastic church of Iona
    4. The family of Iona
    5. The churches of Cumbria and Lothian
    6. The secular clergy and the culdees
    7. The coärbs of Columcille
    8. The Scottish church
    9. Extinction of the old Celtic church in Scotland
    10. Learning and language
    Appendix. Volume 3: Part III. Land and People:
    1. Scotland in the reign of Alexander III
    2. The seven provinces of Scotland
    3. Legendary origins
    4. The tuath or tribe in Ireland
    5. The finé or sept in Ireland, and the tribe in Wales
    6. The tribe in Scotland
    7. The thanages and their extinction
    8. The finé or clan in Scotland
    9. The clans and their genealogies
    10. Land tenure in the Highlands and islands subsequent to the sixteenth century

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    William Forbes Skene

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