• Chessmen

    Lewis Chessmen in concert, free at the Fringe

    by  • 29 July 2010 • Chessmen, News & Events • 0 Comments

    The National Museum of Scotland is presenting a month-long programme of music that draws on the Lewis Chessmen for inspiration, with a programme that “stretches from Norway to the shores of Lewis”. In partnership with Live Music Now Scotland, the Museum on Chambers Street in Edinburgh is offering 45-minute lunchtime concerts every day during the [...]

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    The Chessmen Talk (not literally)

    by  • 8 March 2010 • Chessmen, History, News & Events, Vikings • 1 Comment

    [singlepic=1081,320,240,,left]Comann Eachdraidh Uig played host last week to a visit from two experts on the Lewis Chessman, who hit the headlines in November with their theories relocating the find-site to Mealista, rather than Ardroil. Dr David Caldwell, Keeper of Scotland and Europe at the National Museum of Scotland, and Dr Mark Hall, curator at Perth [...]

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    New Theories on the Uig Chessmen

    by  • 10 November 2009 • Chessmen, News & Events, Vikings • 0 Comments

    An article published in Mediaeval Archaeology this week raises some questions about the origins of the Uig Chessmen.  From the BBC today: New research has cast doubt on traditional theories about the historic Lewis Chessmen. The 93 pieces – currently split between museums in Edinburgh and London – were discovered on Lewis in 1831. But [...]

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    The French Boy at Tealasbhaigh

    by  • 18 August 2009 • Chessmen, Tales & Traditions • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=907,291] From DDC Pochin Mould’s West over Sea, another telling of the familiar story of the ship’s boy who was murdered for the Lewis Chessmen by an Uig gillie.  The story as told by Rev Col AJ Mackenzie, brother of Roderick Mackenzie, the keeper mentioned below, is also given by Dolly Doctor in his Tales [...]

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    Why You Should Never Laugh at a Berserker

    by  • 8 February 2009 • Archaeology, Chessmen, Vikings • 0 Comments

    The definitive short guide to our Uig Chessmen, found in Ardroil in 1831, is The Lewis Chessmen, by James Robinson of the British Museum, which addresses aspects of their discovery, design and likely provenance, and also the history of chess.  Of our little family of courtly Vikings, the berserkers are the most intriguing.  From the [...]

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    Hnefatafl

    by  • 11 August 2008 • Chessmen, History, Vikings • 0 Comments

    Hnefatafl, or the King’s Table, was played in Northern Europe in the Dark Ages, and popular in Viking lands from about 400AD.  Different versions were developed and sets and boards have been found from Ireland to the Ukraine.  We’re not aware of any proof that it was played in Uig, but it seems inevitable that [...]

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