Last time, you might remember, I mentioned the Lords of the Isles. The Lords administered justice across much of Scotland in the middle ages. Now scientists have recreated the lost medieval hall of the Laird as it looked in the 15th century. How cool is that?
Home of the Lords of the Isles as it looked in the 1400s
An island within an island, Finlaggan island lies in Loch Finlaggan on the Isle of Islay. It was chosen as the site from which to administer the various clans that owed allegiance to the mighty MacDonalds.
Legal disputes were settled there for around 200 years until 1431 when the MacDonalds defeated a royal army at Inverlochy. The Laird then took a gamble and sided with the Douglas clan in aiding England to invade Scotland.
When King James III defeated the Douglases, the MacDonalds lost their hereditary right to Lord of the Isles, future Lairds would be named by the King. The MacDonalds fell to infighting and lost influence over time, their home crumbling to ruin by the 16th century and remaining that way ever since.
How the island looks today (remains of the Great Hall to the right)
Now, scientists at The Finlaggan Archaelogical Project have recreated the medieval home at its height, a place where the Lairds pampered their dogs with decorative collars, the people drank imported wine, and even enjoyed playing board games. The video gives you a chance to see the kind of place where the characters of my stories lived and worked.
Inside the Great Hall
See the full video for yourself here
and get a glimpse of how the lords of Scotland used to live all those years ago. Be sure to get in touch and let me know what you think!