Artur Dall Mac Gurcaigh

Artúr Dall Mac Gurcaigh

Artúr Dall Mac Gurcaigh was a Scottish poet. He was the author of "Dál chabhlaigh ar Chaistéal Suibhne" ("An arranging of a fleet against Castle Sween"), written c. 1310 during the Wars of Scottish Independence. The poem is one of the few Scottish vernacular poems before the mid-14th century, and tells of Eoin mac Suibhne, enemy of King Robert I of Scotland, and head of Clann Suibhne (the MacSweens) - a clan who would be expelled from Scotland and flourish as a mercenary clan in Ireland.

References

  • Clancy, Thomas Owen (ed.), The Triumph Tree: Scotland's Earliest Poetry, 550–1350, (Edinburgh, 1998), p. 302-305
  • MacLeod, Wilson, Divided Gaels: Gaelic Cultural Identities in Scotland and Ireland, c. 1200-1650, (Oxford, 2004)

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