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Baile: settlement and landholding in medieval Ireland

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Toner, Gregory (2004) Baile: settlement and landholding in medieval Ireland. Éigse: a journal of Irish Studies, 34 . pp. 25-43. [Journal article]

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Abstract

This paper examines the use of the term 'baile' in Irish sources since the twelfth century. It is shown that the core meaning of the word is 'occupied space', whether by a habitation site (farmstead, village, town, etc.) or agricultural land (farm, townland, ballybetagh). The baile existed simultaneously at these different levels as part of a wider system of landholding, evaluation and taxation.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:baile, baile biataig, ballybetagh, townland, landholding, medieval Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Irish Language and Literature
Research Institutes and Groups:Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute
ID Code:5629
Deposited By:Professor Gregory Toner
Deposited On:22 Dec 2009 09:14
Last Modified:15 Aug 2012 12:31

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