Giolla Brighde Albanach

  • fl. 13th c., first half
  • Connacht
  • poets
  • (agents)
Scottish poet who became active in Connacht.

See also: Connacht
Connacht/Cúige Chonnacht
No short description available

See more


Secondary sources (select)

McLeod, Wilson, Divided Gaels: Gaelic cultural identities in Scotland and Ireland, c.1200-c.1650, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.  

Contents: Introduction -- 1. Political and cultural Background -- 2. Literary and intellectual culture in the Gaelic world -- 3. Scotland and Ireland: the vision of bardic poetry -- 4. Separation and breakdown -- Conclusion -- Appendixes -- Bibliography -- Indexes.


In this detailed and absorbing study, Wilson McLeod challenges the familiar view that Gaelic Scotland and Gaelic Ireland formed a cultural unit during the late middle ages and early modern period. Many commentators have emphasized the strong cultural and political ties that bound the 'sea-divided' Gaels together during this era, when Scottish Gaels supplied crucial military forces to the Gaelic Irish chiefs, and poets and learned men travelled extensively between the two countries. Dr McLeod tests this view of a unified Gaelic 'culture-province' by examination of the surviving sources, especially formal bardic poetry. Although the evidence is patchy and occasionally contradictory, he is able to show that Ireland was culturally dominant. While Scottish Gaeldom attached great significance to the Irish connection, viewing Ireland as the wellspring of historical and cultural prestige, Irish Gaeldom, McLeod argues, perceived Scotland as distant and peripheral.

External links

The following does not refer to the present page, but to the data record for the currently selected query subject. It is not yet accessible on its own.
Dennis Groenewegen
Page created
March 2023