Book Chapter

A Spent Force? The Clan Donald in the aftermath of 1493



Cathcart A (2014) A Spent Force? The Clan Donald in the aftermath of 1493. In: Oram RD (ed.) The Lordship of the Isles. The Northern World, 68. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 254-270.

From a traditional perspective, the 1493 forfeiture of the lordship of the Isles was the death blow to an unruly, disloyal kindred beyond the reach of royal authority to which it was consistently antagonistic. But while 1493 may have signalled the end of the lordship as it had existed since the early fourteenth century, this chapter seeks to question the extent to which MacDonald influence in the west was cauterised by one single event, examining the enduring influence of the MacDonalds and the continued efforts of the crown to govern the region in the wake of the forfeiture.

FundersUniversity of Strathclyde
Title of seriesThe Northern World
Number in series68
Publication date31/12/2014
Publication date online31/07/2014
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Place of publicationLeiden
ISSN of series1569-1462

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Professor Alison Cathcart

Professor Alison Cathcart

Professor, History