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Galloglas Stone

Galloglas stoneThe beautifully ornate medieval stone, 185cm x 55cm x 14cm, is located in the church ruin at Clonca, 3km south of Culdaff, Inishowen, Co. Donegal. GPS - North 55* 16.122, West 007* 10.513.

The Scots Gaelic inscription reads.... “Magnus mac Orristin ia fo triat seo” (Magnus Mac Orristin of the Isles under this mound). “Fergus mac Allan do rini in clach sa” (Fergus Makallan made this stone). It features a primitive version of the hurley (Camán) and a sword (Scottish Claymore).

Only a sportsman and warrior of outstanding skill would merit having his emblems sculpted on his tomb in the manner of earls, bishops and their likes. The camán on the slab reminds us that primitive versions of hurley were played in Ireland in ancient times, evidence of which goes back over 2000 years. In Inishowen it was a popular winter sport enjoyed by the gentry and ordinary folk particularly in post-medieval times.

The two-handed Scottish Claymore was commonly used by Gallóglaich / Galloglas. They were an elite class of mercenaries from the mixed Scottish-Viking population of the Hebrides. From the mid 12th century onwards they were recruited to counteract the heavily armoured and mounted knights of the English invaders. The Galloglas integrated easily with the locals, settled and intermarried. In time their ranks became filled with native Irish men. Noted for their courage and fierceness in battle they enabled the Gaelic culture to withstand the English incursion until the end of the 16th century when the introduction of muskets and cannon finally defeated them.

Galloglas clans included Mac Cába (McCabe) from Aran, MacDomhnaill (MacDonald / McDonnell) from Kintyre and Islay,

Mac Dubhghaill (Macdougall / McDowell from Lorne, Mac Ruairí (MacRory) from Bute, Mac Síthigh (MacSheehy / Sheehy) from Kintyre, MacSuibhne (MacSweeney / Sweeney) from Knapdale and Mac Aodha (McCoy) from Kintyre. The town of Milford, County Donegal, retains in its Irish name, Baile na nGallóglach, the memory of a fight between the English and the MacSuibhnes.

The Galloglas stone collection comprises pendant, brooch, cufflinks and lapel pin and are available in sterling silver or 18ct gold.

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Sterling Silver Baby Spoon

Celebrating the arrival of a new Baby.
Includes up to 4 lines of personalisation.

£ 120 - 135

Sterling silver Fleur pendant
Ref: 4016040

£ 75 - 84

Sterling silver Fleur studs
Ref: 4026180

£ 60 - 67

Sterling silver Fleur drops
Ref: 4026179

£ 70 - 79

Sterling silver Fleur ring
Ref: 4001199

£ 95 - 107

Sterling silver Fleur brooch
Ref: 4035196

£ 110 - 124

Sterling silver Fleur bangle
Ref: 4028431

£ 180 - 202

Sterling silver Magnus cufflinks
Ref: 4045188

£ 95 - 107

Sterling silver Magnus lapel pin
complete with metal retaining clasp
Ref: 4036009

£ 48 - 54

18ct yellow gold (30mm) Galloglas pendant
Ref: 1401095
50cm chain

£ 460 - 517

Sterling silver small (30mm) Galloglas pendant
including chain
Ref: 4015788

£ 65 - 73

Sterling silver large (44mm) Galloglas pendant
including chain
Ref: 4015787

£ 90 - 101

Sterling silver Galloglas brooch (49mm)
Ref: 4035182

£ 110 - 124

Sterling silver Galloglas lapel pin
complete with metal retaining clasp
Ref: 4036001

£ 55 - 62

Sterling silver Galloglas cufflinks
Ref: 4045181

£ 100 - 112

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