illustration submitted by Donovan McCain
Illustration of a Gallóglach confronting an English knight on the field of battle. The behind the back position of the sword scabbard is accurate, as is the saffron coloured leine (long shirt), conical helmet, and fighting stance. The Gallóglaigh (plural form, said Gall-o-glee) have their origins in certain kinship groups in Argyll. DNA testing of the descendants of the Gallóglaigh families in Ireland reveal that the majority of them were of Gaelic ancestry.