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The Battle of Largs

The Battle of Largs

In 1263, late on into the summer, King Haakon IV of Norway sailed at the head of a fleet of ships into the Firth of Clyde. He already ruled over many of the Scottish Islands and had arrived to claim Bute and the Cumbraes which had been promised to his predecessors. The Norwegians anchored their huge fleet in the channel between the Great Cumbrae and Largs. According to 'The House of Rowallan', the Norsemen "landit at Air with 160 schips and 20,000 men", if this account is true, this was no raiding party, this was an invasion force.

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