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The Laggan Redshanks: The Highland Scots in West Ulster, 1568-1630 Paperback – March 21, 2014
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It is my opinion that the author assumes his readers will have at least a broad, basic knowledge of the history of the British Isles during this time period; however, even with my limited knowledge of the subject, I had no difficulty following the narrative. Without a doubt, the author’s inclusion of the “Dramatis Personae” at the beginning of the book helped me to keep all of the players straight.
While this book appears on the surface to be somewhat academic, the intrigues recounted within its pages give it a much broader appeal. Anyone with Ulster Scots ancestry, or simply an interest in the historic conflicts involving the Irish, Scots, and English, should find this book fascinating. McCain promised “Gaelic sexual intrigues” and “English Machiavellian manoeuvres,” and he did not disappoint. In addition to the history, McCain has included Portlough Precinct Muster Rolls for the year 1630, which list the able-bodied men of the district (many with Redshanks surnames) by name, as well as the undertakers, or landowners, to whom they were obligated. Also included is an alphabetical list of the Redshanks surnames found on those muster rolls, along with their origins and meanings. These last two resources may be particularly useful to genealogists searching for links to their Ulster Scots roots.
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Great work backed by extensive research. Anyone researching Scottish Irish migration will enjoy this for research and insight into the times.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I have over 40 books on Scottish & Irish history and this is one of my favorite reads. Full of information and is now one of my reference books.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Being of Irish-Scottish ancestry, it's been important for me to know more about the events that caused by ancesters to leave Ireland & Scottish and to venture to an unknown... Read morePublished 6 months ago by celt
A great book for those with strong ties to the Highland Scots in West Ulster. Well researched!Published 10 months ago by Virginia Wilson Bailey