Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Robert Boyd, Viking Killer

Dudes, you don't wanna mess with me.

The Boyds had been one of the big families of Kilmarnock for centuries - they can be traced on the Ayrshire coast as far back as the late 1200s, with a Robert Boyd fighting the Vikings in the Battle of Largs, whose son then fought alongside Robert the Bruce - and who was rewarded by Bruce by a huge grant of land in Ayrshire. (The History of Portavogie, Mark Thompson)

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