The Small Regiment: Volume 1 Origins of the Clan MacKinnon 100 BCE-1621 CE

January 3, 2017|
The Small Regiment: Volume 1 Origins of the Clan MacKinnon 100 BCE-1621 CE by Gerald  A McKinnon
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The first book of a multi-volume history of the Clan MacKinnon. The Small Regiment, volume 1, The Origins of the Clan MacKinnon, is a new well researched history of the MacKinnon Clan to the year 1621. The book is a well illustrated 398 page volume with: 25 maps, 27 photographs, 8 family charts and several drawings. There are informative end notes at the end of each chapter giving the references used and providing explanatory information that enhances the main text of each chapter. The 58 page appendix is composed of copies of original documents, contemporary stories and poetry that give a sense of the politics and culture during the periods described.

History, to be understood, must be more than a collection of disconnected poorly explained anecdotes. A credible history of a Hebredian clan must explain the relationships between the island clans, their alliances and something of their culture. A good history must also discuss the pressure on the clans that was exerted by the kings of Scotland as they sought to incorporate the Hebrides into the Kingdom of Scotland.

The Small Regiment, volume 1, Origins of the Clan MacKinnon, is suitable for everyone with an interest in the Clan MacKinnon or Hebridean history. This is not simply another history of Scotland with a Lowland or English bias. Every effort was made to maintain a MacKinnon focus and an Hebridean prospective. There is enough information regarding sources that interested readers may easily continue this fascinating research. It is the authors hope that others will use this book as a solid place from which to further advance and expand knowledge of our history and culture.

-The Small Regiment, volume 1, The Origins of the Clan MacKinnon, begins the story with a description of the great Celtic migrations, the settlement of Dalriada and founding of the monastery on Iona.
-The age of the Vikings is discussed over 3 chapters. The loyalties of the Island leaders during the struggle between the kingdoms of Norway and Scotland is examined.
-The 4 chapters relating the story of the Lordship of the Isles explain the flowering of a confident, independent Gaelic kingdom. The high standing and respect given to the MacKinnon chiefs during the Lordship is highlighted by contemporary stories. This is the period during which the MacKinnons came to possess their lands on Mull and Skye.
- The tragic fall of the Lordship of the Isles and the heroic attempts by the island clans to defend it, is told over several chapters. We explore the changing loyalties, alliances, and altitudes of the Hebridean clans in the face of violent Scottish and English politics.
- A struggle for survival grips the Hebrides as the clans adapt to new political reality. The kingdom of Scotland tries to increase its grasp on an island culture which prefers independence.
- Finally the story of how and why the island clans developed a new relationship with the treacherous Scottish kingdom is told

The purpose of this book is to provide all MacKinnons with an enjoyable more accurate and complete history of the deeds of their ancestors.

Gerald was born and raised in Western Canada. He studied Communication Engineering. has worked in British Columbia's commercial fishing fleet, served with the Canadian Forces in the Middle East and taught electronics in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has always been a keen reader of history and regarded family as the most important element o...
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Title:The Small Regiment: Volume 1 Origins of the Clan MacKinnon 100 BCE-1621 CEFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:406 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.25 inShipping dimensions:406 pages, 9 X 6 X 1.25 inPublished:January 3, 2017Publisher:Clan MacKinnon PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0995865507

ISBN - 13:9780995865501

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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