By Iain MacDonald
The Highlander hasn't ever loved a very good press, and has been often characterized as peripheral and barbaric compared to his Lowland neighbour, extra prone to battling than serving God. In Clerics and Clansmen Iain MacDonald examines how the medieval Church in Gaelic Scotland, usually considered as remoted and inappropriate, endured to operate within the face of poverty, periodic war, and the bold powers of the extended family chiefs. Focusing upon the diocese of Argyll, the learn analyses the lifetime of the bishopric, sooner than broadening to contemplate the parochial clergy – particularly origins, celibacy, schooling, and pastoral care. faraway from being superficial, it finds a Church deeply embedded inside its host society whereas final plugged into the mainstream of Latin Christendom.
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ALI Acts of the Lords of the Isles, 1336–1493, eds. J. W. Munro (SHS, Edinburgh, 1986). APS The Acts of the Parliaments of Scotland, eds. T. Thomson and C. Innes, 12 vols. (Edinburgh, 1814–75). AS Abstracts of the Particular Register of Sasines for Argyll, Bute and Dumbarton, ed. H. Campbell, 2 vols. (Edinburgh, 1933). ASPA Archive of the Apostolic Penitentiary, transcripts from the Vatican Archives in the History Subject Area (Scottish), University of Glasgow. ASV Archivio Segreto Vaticano. AT Argyll Transcripts, made by the 10th Duke of Argyll (Argyll MSS, Inveraray; photostat copies of extracts in the History Subject Area (Scottish), University of Glasgow).
All have contextualised, moreover, the ecclesiastical history of Argyll alongside the neighbouring diocese of the Isles, or Sodor. However, employing a diocesan approach enables us to reach positive conclusions about the Church in Argyll and, potentially, to reveal important differences between it and Sodor. In addition, because so little has been done at a diocesan level in the Highlands, not much is known about the history of its bishops, or of the quality and quantity of the clergy. As a consequence, most scholars’ conclusions are largely tentative and vague.
See also N. Bridgeland, “The Medieval Church in Argyll”, in The Argyll Book, ed. D. Omand (2004: Edinburgh, 2006), 85–93. C. D. E. D. Thesis (University of Glasgow, 2009). 41 Cowan, Medieval Church, 143, 157. 42 Bannerman, “Lordship”, 230, 231.