CLAN McGRAT

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IRISH CLANS & IRISH IDENTITY (DR CATHY SWIFT) Add Video

Medieval Irish historiography bristles with words such as clan, sept, dynasty, lineage and tribe but although some of these have been investigated over the years by scholars, many have been left undefined and their relationship to the Irish words used to describe the structures of their own society - words like cenal, ciniud, fine, sliocht and tuath - are often never clarified. This paper looks at the discussion to date of these terms by Irish historians and compares the data to some of the Scottish clan structures in the medieval period. A particular focus is on landholding which is a huge and difficult topic and one which is almost entirely unexplored; how much land did these various types of units control and what political structures did they use to do so?

Posted by Clan McGrath on February 19, 2016 at 9:04 AM 509 Views

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