Bute’s Donegal

#Bute #Gaelic #scottishhistory

The site at Dunagoil was fortified between 300 and 150 BC and may well have been the governmental centre of the island before the establishment of St Blane’s monastery in the 5th C. AD.  #Rothesay did not become the island’s capital until the arrival of the #Vikings in the 9th C.

The name itself means ‘fort of the foreigner’ and is from the Gaelic. The language, which many regard as Scotland’s indigenous language, only arrived with the Irish monks who built the monastery, so whatever name the ancient Britons gave to it is a mystery. The foreigners in question are the Vikings, so maybe there was an older Gaelic name which related in some way to the older Brythonic language.

Interestingly, #Donegal – just over the Irish sea – shares the same Gaelic name, Dun nan Gall.


5 thoughts on “Bute’s Donegal

    • Hi Laura. Thanks for your comment. Dunagoil and Donegal share same Gaelic name meaning Fort of the foreigner or stranger. I did not say they have the same English name or that the Gaelic spellings or pronunciations are exactly the same.

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