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Galloglass 1250-1600 Gaelic Mercenary Warrior by Fergus Cannan

Galloglass 1250-1600 Gaelic Mercenary Warrior

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Galloglass 1250-1600 Gaelic Mercenary Warrior by Fergus Cannan

Galloglass, from the Gaelic galloglaigh for 'foreign warriors', were mercenaries from the Western Isles of Scotland who fought in the retinues of Irish magnates from the mid-13th century until the early 17th century. This work looks at the clan and family structures of the galloglass, their performance in battle, their weapons and armor and how these were made and by whom. The unique fighting skills and tactics of the galloglass are also studied, as well as how they were organized on the battlefield and their command structures and systems of rank.


'Cannan's text includes an enormous amount of fascinating detail ... The text is enriched by a wealth of photographs, maps and other graphics, including a series of very fine, full-page, colour reconstruction graphics by Sean O'

. ... Everyone reading this book will gain much in the way of information and a vivid puicture of the lives and impact of Galloglass. Andy Halpin, Ulster Journal of Archaeology

About the Author

Fergus Cannan is a writer and historian descended from an assortment of Highland warriors, Jacobites and bonnet lairds. With degrees from King's College London and Bristol University, he is a countryman who worked for eight years in museums, and has published widely on the military, social and art history of the medieval British Isles.

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Publication date

10th March 2010


Fergus Cannan

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Osprey Publishing an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


64 pages


Land forces & warfare
Military history



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