Coll and Tiree: Their Prehistoric Forts and Ecclesiastical Antiquities

Coll and Tiree: Their Prehistoric Forts and Ecclesiastical Antiquities

by Erskine Beveridge


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This is the classic account of the history and archaeology of the Hebridean islands and the neighbouring Treshnish Isles. The result ofpainstaking research undertaken in the last years of the 19th century, it was first published privately with a limited print run in 1903. Since thenit has remained an extremely rare and much sought-after book. This is its first modern republication. Starting with a general introduction to thehistory of the islands, Beveridge goes on to discuss in turn the domestic, pre-Christian and Christian sites of each, together with the discoveriesthat were found in them. The author also provides sections on clan history and the Norwegian occupation of the Hebrides.The book includes a detailed map indicating all the sites referred to in the text and seventy illustrations that provide a fascinating documentationof the archaeological remains of the islands before the ravages of the 20th century took their toll.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912476039
Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
Publication date: 12/21/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Beveridge family were well known both in the Western Isles and in Dunfermline from where they originated. Erskine Beveridge wrote a number of works which were privately printed. Birlinn also have republished the equally rare Coll and Tiree.

Table of Contents

Preface v

Contractions Used in Referring to Authorities Quoted xvi

Table of Contents xix

List of Illustrations xxiii

Chapter I Coll-General 1

Chapter II Coll-Duns, or Ancient Forts 4

Class B Rock-Forth, or Hill-Forts 4

Class C Loch or Marsh Duns 20

Class D Islet-Forts 20

Chapter III Coll-Hut Circles, Etc. 30

Chapter IV Coll-Sandhill Dwellings 34

Chapter V Coll-Prehistoric Burial-Sites 45

Chapter VI Coll-Pre-Reformation Chapels and Burial-Grounds 48

Chapter VII Coll-Its Olan History 55

Chapter VIII The Treshnish Isles-Cairnburg Beg, Cairnburg MOR, FLADDA, LUNGA, And BAC MOR 61

Chapter IX Tiree-General 68

Chapter X Tiree-Duns, Or Ancient Forts 73

Class A The Semi-Broch Type 73

Class B Rook-Forts 83

Class C Loch or Marsh Duns 109

Class D Islet-Forts 115

Chapter XI Tiree-Sites of Ancient Inland Dwellings 120

Chapter XII Tiree-Sandhill Dwellings 123

Chapter XIII Tiree-Prehistoric Burial-Sites 130

Chapter XIV Tiree-Pre-Reformation Chapels and Burial Grounds 141

Chapter XV Characteristics of the Duns and Sandhill-Sites of Coll and Tiree 158

Chapter XVI The Norwegian Occupation of the Hebrides 178

Index 199

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