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The Mediaeval Castles of Skye and Lochalsh
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07 July 2007
Birlinn Limited
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The Mediaeval Castles of Skye and Lochalsh

by Roger Miket and David Roberts - Find out more about the author

The castles of Hebridean myth and story are brought to life in this scholarly yet easy-to-read book. Roger Miket explores the history and architecture of the settings associated with blood-curdling dramas such as the murderous goings-on at Dun Sgaith or the far-fetched yarns of Saucy Mary and Cú Chulainn. Many of the castles are shown in reconstruction and all the architectural descriptions are fully illustrated making them clear to both expert and amateur historians. Together with the earlier broachs and duns, the castles are the principal material survivals of the great pageant of Hebridean history. 

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Roger Miket is an archaeologist and historian. He was Museums Officer for Skye and Lochalsh for over 16 years and he has also worked as a part-time lecturer in Adult Education for Aberdeen University. He is a co-founder of Maclean Press, which is dedicated to publications on the history of the West Coast and Hebrides. In 1998 he retired as manager of Cultural and Leisure Services with the Highland Council and returned to the Borders, where he continues to maintain an active interest in Scottish history and archaeology.

After completing an MA and PhD in architectural studies, David L. Roberts moved to the Isle of Skye with his family in 1975 and started the Orbost Gallery where he exhibited and sold his paintings. Having conducted a series of architectural studies of Skye houses, he joined forces with Roger Miket to compose a number of reconstruction paintings for The Mediaeval Castles of Skye and Lochalsh. Before his death in 1997, David was a member of the Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group and the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland as well as serving for a period as chairman of the Highland Region.