From Dál Riata to the Gall-Ghàidheil

From Dál Riata to the Gall-Ghàidheil

By Andrew Jennings and Arne Kruse

Viking and Medieval Scandinavia, Vol. 5 (2009)

Introduction: The distinctive pattern of Norse settlement names in western Scotland, together with two seemingly unrelated historical events, the disappearance of Dál Riata from contemporary records and the mysterious appearance of a new ethnic group, the Gall-Ghàidheil, in the Irish annals, appear to be interlinked phenomena. By examining the extent and nature of Norse place-names it becomes possible to suggest a geographical origin for the Gall-Ghàidheil, which we would suggest was the territory of Dál Riata.

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