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Battle of Largs?

Largs is famous for the Scottish victory over Haakon and the Norwegians in the battle of Largs, 1263. Historians differ on the significance of the battle, but as it certainly not a defeat, we are happy to call it a Scottish victory. We can't afford to be fussy. The Norwegians did relinquish their claims to the western isles and Haakon died not long after. A late colleague of mine was taught history at Glasgow University and when it came to 1263 the lecturer shouted 'the battle of Largs was a mere skirmish!' and flung the chalk duster at the wall as hard as he could. Effective teaching!

The sun setting behind the island of Cumbrae, where the Norse fleet sheltered in 1263.

The sun setting behind the island of Cumbrae, where the Norse fleet sheltered in 1263.

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