THE CELTIC WORLD AND KNAPDALE: MAPS

One of the difficulties in writing about the "Celtic" world is the constant temptation to talk about "Ireland" as opposed to "Scotland"; and "Irish" monks versus "Scottish" monks. This is why I like this upside down map. It shows more clearly than any other example could, that the Celtic Civilization was land united around a sea. The marine reality meant that people were accomplished sailors, and very mobile. Furthermore, on clear days, today's Ireland can be seen from Kintyre and Knapdale. This was long before people invented a 'nation state.' People thought of themselves as members of tribes, as Christians or as Pagans; and speakers of the gaelic language. Their religious leaders were exceedingly familiar with Latin and produced some of the most beautiful works in Western Europe. That great artists and sculptures could be produced at this time and place indicates that the Celtic World was a wealthy one.

The crosses on this map delineate the major centers under discussion in this knapdalepeople project. Bangor was the home of Saint Comgall (at the bottom of the page); Iona, of Saint Columba; Lismore (which later became the Bishopric of Argyll) was founded by Saint Moluag; and Applecross (or Apor Crossan), by Saint Maelrubha. Furthermore, I have made a timeline, in order to relate these people to the Fall of the Roman Empire, Saint Patrick, and King Arthur! There is also a page devoted to vivid descriptions (by Saint Patrick and Saint Gildas) of Britain as Roman law disappeared.

The map on the right focusses on Knapdale. Not all the places with "kil" as a prefix are included: only the ones I have discussed in this celtic section of knapdale people. Aside from Eilean Mor, every place is accessible by car and/or a short walk on paths that are very old and well-used. I expect that it would not be too difficult to get over to Eilean Mor. "Eilean Mor", by the way, is Gaelic for "big island."