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Kilts and Kerns: The Scots-Irish Connection Part 1

Stories and lectures on the shared history and culture of the people of Scotland and Ireland.
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Both Scotland and Ireland possess common roots of language, culture, and tradition. Throughout the past two thousand years, these two lands, though separated by the Irish Sea, have nonetheless shared many triumphs and woes. As the centuries passed, mercenaries, settlers, and entire clans moved back and forth between Scotland and Ireland, weaving together the tales of these two peoples. The course will provide a basis for students to understand the complex relationship between these two Celtic nations. The lessons in Part 1 will cover the interactions of the Irish Scots with groups such as the Picts and Romans, the Kingdom of Dalriada’s rise and fall, Iron Age Celtic society, and the impacts of various invaders into the Celtic lands of the British Isles.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is recommended for anyone who has an interest in the history, culture, and stories of Ireland and Scotland.
  • College students and those who want to simply increase their knowledge will benefit from this course.
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What Will I Learn?
The course will provide a basis for students to understand the complex relationship between Scotland and Ireland from historical and cultural perspectives.
You will receive 6 topics in 11 lectures. This is over 2 hours of material.
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  • You just need an interest in the history, culture, and stories of Ireland and Scotland.
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Foundations of the Gael
5 Lectures 01:07:34

A prologue to the course and discussing not only the outline and what to expect from the course, but also the instructor's background and experience.

Also included is a retelling of the "Sons of the Mil" story and an analysis of the value of storytelling as an educational tool and a window into history.

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A broad examination of the origins of the Celts in Europe, their eventual migrations, and the decline of continental Celtic power. The early Celtic presence in the British Isles will likewise be covered.

The Origins of the Celts

Cuchulain, a hero of Irish myth and legend, sheds a light on the society of Iron-Age Celts. In this second part of the "Ancient Celts" topic, we explore issues of women in Celtic society and warrior culture that extend throughout history.

Cuchulain, the Champion of Ulster

We'll have a look through Rome's animosity to the Celts, the military campaigns against them as Rome grew in power, and the final battles between Julius Caesar and the tribal chief, Vercingetorix.

Rome's Ancient Enemies

The Romans must deal with rebellions and the independent tribes of Britons in this second part of the "Roman and Celt" topic. Heroes and leaders on both sides will determine who reigns supreme in Britannia.

Boudicca, Agricola, and the Romans in Britannia.
Changing Lands and Faiths
6 Lectures 01:07:39

The story Saint Patrick and the coming of Christianity to Ireland. Patrick's legacy expanded beyond that of his adopted home and set much of the foundation for Christianity and associated culture in Scotland as well. This is the first part of the "Celtic Christianity" topic.

The Saints of Ireland

Patrick's legacy of Celtic Christianity is brought to Scotland by the St. Colmcille. In this lecture, we'll discuss the conflicts with the Roman Church and the outcome with the Synod of Whitby.

Colmcille's Mission

The Picts have fired the imagination of historians and authors alike. Both the possible origins and the recorded history of these people will be discussed in this first installment of the "Birth of Scotland" topic.

Mysteries of the Picts

Before Scotland was a country, it was a kingdom. And before that, it was Dalriada. The people and events that would lead to the establishment of the Kingdom of Scotland will be talked about in this part of the "Birth of Scotland" topic.

The Kingdom of Dalriada and the Birth of Scotland

First as raiders and pillagers, the Norse Vikings eventually became settlers, traders, and builders in both Ireland and Scotland. This lecture will trace that development and the various attitudes to these new invaders in the British Isles.

The Pagans in the Longboats

After generations of the Norse settlement and cultural dominance in Ireland, a single man united the Emerald Island in defiance of the Viking legacy. The rise and fall of Brian Boru, Emperor of the Irish, is the subject for this lecture.

The Empire of Brian
About the Instructor
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Historian and Storyteller

I've been fascinated in history, arms and armor, and Celtic culture since I was a kid. Following this passion has resulted in a B.A. in History, a Certificate of Celtic Studies, and a M.A. in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. This last degree I earned from the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

I've also been involved in various living history and reenactment organizations for over 13 years. I have performed educational weapons demonstrations and presentations for both adults and children as well as acting as an assistant and guest instructor for several martial arts classes.

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