The Scots of Dalriada

Book Title: The Scots of Dalriada

Author: Rowena Kinreead

Publication Date: January 26th, 2023

Publisher: Vanguard Press

Pages: 287

Genre: Historical Fiction

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The Scots of Dalriada

By Rowena Kinread


Fergus, Loarn and Angus, Princes of the Dalriada, are forced into exile by their scheming half-brother and the druidess Birga One-tooth.

Fergus conceals himself as a stable lad on Aran and falls helplessly in love with a Scottish princess, already promised to someone else. Loarn crosses swords against the Picts. Angus designs longboats.

Always on the run the brothers must attempt to outride their adversaries by gaining power themselves. Together they achieve more than they could possibly dream of.
Fergus Mór (The Great) is widely recognised as the first King of Scotland, giving Scotland its name and its language. Rulers of Scotland and England from Kenneth mac Alpín until the present time claim descent from Fergus Mór.

Full of unexpected twists and turns, this is a tale of heart-breaking love amidst treachery, deceit and murder.

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What illnesses did the people in 5th century Ireland have and how did they try to heal them?

In the 5th century AD, Ireland was a society with a rich oral tradition, and much of the knowledge of illnesses and cures was passed down through the generations by word of mouth. Many of the cures used in Ireland at that time were based on traditional herbal remedies and other natural treatments. In this post, I will write about some of the illnesses that were prevalent in Ireland in the 5th century AD and the cures that were used to treat them.


One of the most common illnesses in Ireland in the 5th century AD was tuberculosis. This disease was often fatal and was spread through contact with infected individuals. Other common illnesses included pneumonia, dysentery, and various types of skin infections. In addition, the Irish also suffered from dental problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease.


The Irish in the 5th century AD had a deep knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants and other natural remedies. Especially the druids were knowledgeable about illnesses and cures. Although the knowledge was not exclusively known to the druids, they were the main healers on the island before the arrival of Christian monks. The monks could read Greek as well as Latin, and drew on the vast amounts of learning, in written accounts from the more civilised nations. One of the druids’ most commonly used cures for illnesses was herbal remedies. Herbs such as sage, chamomile, and thyme were used to treat a wide range of illnesses, including tuberculosis, pneumonia, and dysentery.

In addition to herbal remedies, the Irish also used other natural treatments to cure illnesses. For example, they believed in the healing power of water, and they used hot springs and other natural sources of water to treat various ailments. They also believed in the power of certain foods, such as honey and garlic, to cure illnesses.

The Irish also used a range of other treatments to cure illnesses. These included bloodletting, which involved removing a small amount of blood from the patient’s body, based on an ancient system of medicine in which blood and other bodily fluids were regarded as “humours” that had to remain in proper balance to maintain health. It is claimed to have been the most common medical practice performed by surgeons from antiquity until the late 19th century, a span of over two thousand years. In Europe, the practice continued to be relatively common until the end of the 19th century. Cupping was another popular treatment, which involved creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to draw out impurities.

In addition to these natural remedies, the Irish also relied on the power of prayer and spiritual healing. The Irish believed that illnesses were often caused by spiritual imbalances, and they used prayer and other spiritual practices to restore balance and promote healing.

In conclusion, the Irish in the 5th century AD had a deep knowledge of the medicinal properties of plants and other natural remedies. They used a range of herbal remedies, natural treatments, and spiritual practices to cure illnesses. Many of these cures were based on traditional knowledge and were passed down through the generations by word of mouth. Despite the lack of modern medical knowledge, the Irish in the 5th century AD were able to treat a wide range of illnesses using these natural remedies and other treatments.

Author Bio:

Rowena Kinread grew up in Ripon, Yorkshire with her large family and a horde of pets. Keen on travelling, her first job was with Lufthansa in Germany.

She began writing in the nineties. Her special area of interest is history. After researching her ancestry and finding family roots in Ireland with the Dalriada clan, particularly this era.

Her debut fiction novel titled “The Missionary” is a historical novel about the dramatic life of St. Patrick. It was published by Pegasus Publishers on Apr.29th, 2021 and has been highly appraised by The Scotsman, The Yorkshire Post and the Irish Times.

Her second novel “The Scots of Dalriada” centres around Fergus Mór, the founder father of Scotland and takes place in 5th century Ireland and Scotland. It is due to be published by Pegasus Publishers on Jan.26th, 2023.

The author lives with her husband in Bodman-Ludwigshafen, Lake Constance, Germany. They have three children and six grandchildren.

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