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By Iain MacDonald

The Highlander hasn't ever loved an excellent press, and has been frequently characterized as peripheral and barbaric compared to his Lowland neighbour, extra susceptible to struggling with than serving God. In Clerics and Clansmen Iain MacDonald examines how the medieval Church in Gaelic Scotland, frequently considered as remoted and inappropriate, persisted to operate within the face of poverty, periodic conflict, and the bold powers of the extended family chiefs. Focusing upon the diocese of Argyll, the learn analyses the lifetime of the bishopric, earlier than broadening to think about the parochial clergy – particularly origins, celibacy, schooling, and pastoral care. faraway from being superficial, it unearths a Church deeply embedded inside its host society whereas final plugged into the mainstream of Latin Christendom.

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A. Dodgshon, From Chiefs to Landlords.  1493–1820 (Edinburgh, 1988). 30 MacGregor, “Gaelic Barbarity”, 35–36. 31 Ranald Nicholson described how Most of the region to the west of a line running from Dumbarton to Dornoch was virtually unaffected by the forces that had transformed eastern Scotland. Sheriff courts and justice ayres touched the fringes of this area but did not penetrate it. No burgh was to be found within it. Among the fairly numerous stone castles that guarded the entrances to glens and sea lochs there was as yet scarcely one that belonged to the king.

MacGregor, “Church and culture in the late medieval Highlands”, in The Church in the Highlands, ed. J. A.  1700, ed. D. Wood (Woodbridge, 1999), 337–363; D. Meek and J. Kirk, “John Carswell, Superintendent of Argyll: a reassessment”, RSCHS 19 (1977), 1–22; D. 40 Yet these studies, while valuable, are hardly voluminous or exhaustive, and considerable scope remains for fuller study. All have contextualised, moreover, the ecclesiastical history of Argyll alongside the neighbouring diocese of the Isles, or Sodor.

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