From Dál Riata to the Gall-Ghàidheil.

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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 inter-linked phenomena. By examining the extent and nature of Norse place-names it becomes possible to suggest a geographical origin for the Gall-Ghàidheil, which this is suggested to be the territory of Dál Riata.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationViking and Medieval Scandinavia
Place of PublicationTurnhout, Belgium
PublisherBrepols Publishers
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)978-2-503-53089-5
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Viking
  • Scotland
  • Gaelic, Old Norse, onomastics


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