Ballaugh, Village 1895

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Caption for Ballaugh, Village 1895: Ballaugh is in the Sheading of Michael. The precise meaning of the word is unclear, but one possibility is that it is derived from 'skeid-thing', a Norse word for a local assembly of the freemen, who, when required, served in the king's longships for the defence of the island. Each of the island's six 'skeid-things' provided crews for four ships, thereby providing the king with sufficient crews for 24 warships.

An extract from Isle of Man Photographic Memories.

More about this scene


Caption for Ballaugh, Village 1895: Ballaugh is in the Sheading of Michael. The precise meaning of the word is unclear, but one possibility is that it is derived from 'skeid-thing', a Norse word for a local assembly of the freemen, who, when required, served in the king's longships for the defence of the island. Each of the island's six 'skeid-things' provided crews for four ships, thereby providing the king with sufficient crews for 24 warships.

An extract from Isle of Man Photographic Memories.

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