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Historic Bute : land and people

The island of Bute lies in the Firth of Clyde in western Scotland and its history is bound up with those of other lands bordering the great Clyde waterway from Norse times onwards. The eleven essays in this volume are the result of new research on place-names, archaeology and history from the 10th to the 18th centuries, ranging from objects like the beautiful Bute Mazer to the eloquent remains of adandoned farms and the fascinating story of witches on the island.
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Historic Bute : land and people / edited by Anna Ritchie
Edinburgh : The Scottish Society for Northern Studies, 2012
ix, 162 p. : ill., maps, plans, tables ; 24 cm
Chapters include: From 'Goill' to 'Gall-Ghaidheil': place-names and Scandinavian settlement in Bute - - Scandinavians in Strathclyde: multiculturalism, material culture and manufactured identities in the Viking Age - - The Norse in the West with particular reference to Bute - - Bute in the age of the sagas - - A casualty of war? The cult of Kentigern of Glasgow, Scottish patron saints and the Bruce/Comyn conflict - - The Bute or Bannatyne Mazer - two different vessels - - Mazer? What's a 'mazer'? A history of the word - - Frontierland: towards an environmental history of Bute in the later Middle Ages - - Bute from Norse times to the Improvements. Some notes on landholdings and rural settlement patterns - - 'An enormous expense enclosing and dividing.' Agricultural Improvement in eighteenth-century Bute - - The witches of Bute
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