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The Gallowglass Sword

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Limited Edition Irish Sword (Oakeshott Type XIX) The term Galloglas (or "Gallowglass") is an Anglicisation of the Irish Galllaigh ("foreign soldiers") incorporating the word glach which is derived from oac the Old Irish for"youths" but later meaning"soldier". The galloglas were a mercenary warrior elite among Gaelic-Norse clans residing in the highlands and Western Isles of Scotland (or Hebrides) from the mid 13th century to the end of the 16th century. As Scots their tradition descended from the Irish but they had intermarried with the 10th century Norse settlers of the islands and coastal areas of Scotland and the Picts and so the Irish called them Gall Gaeil ("foreign Gaels"). They were the mainstay of Scottish and Irish warfare before the advent of gunpowder and depended upon seasonal service with Irish lords. A military chieftan would often select a gallowglass to serve as his personal aide and bodyguard because as a foreigner the galloglas would not be as subject to local feuds and influences. The first record of galloglas service under the Irish was in 1259 when Prince Aed O'Connor of Connaught received a dowry of 160 Scottish warriors from the daughter of the King of the Hebrides. They were organised into groups known as a"Corrughadh" which consisted of about 100 men. In return for military service galloglas contingents were given land and settled in Irish lordships where they were entitled to receive supplies from the local population. By 1512 there were reported to be fifty nine groups throughout the country under the control of the Irish nobility. Though initially they were mercenaries over time they settled and their ranks became filled with native Irish men. They were noted for wielding the two handed Sparthe axe (a custom noted by Geraldus Cambrensis to have derived from their Norse heritage) and broadsword or claymore ("claÃ


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