According to David Mac Ritchie ” Mr. Skene does not regard Fordun’s description as wholly accurate; and Fordun, be it remembered, did not write until two hundred years after this event. Since the north eastern corner of this twelfth century “Moors’ country” has continued t bear the name of “Moray’ country” has continued to bear the name of “Moray” down to the present day, and as another portion of that large territory is still known as “the Black Isle;” it would appear that various “reservations” were left to the native tribes, after the conquest;–or that such scraps of their original country were retained by them against the will of their enemies.” See Ancient and Modern Britons: A Retrospect, Volume 1
“However, Mr. Skene endorses Fordun’s statement to this extent –that Malcolm certainly granted large tracts of the more fertile regions of the “Moors’ country to certain of his followers (two of whom were Femings, named Berowald and Freskine, understood to be the respective ancestors, inter alia, of the north country Inneses and the modern dukes of Athle). One of the fertile districts particularized by Mr. Skene is in that very portion that longest retained the name of “Moray;”.See Ancient and Modern Britons: A Retrospect, Volume 1 Page 178.
But, though these Flemish colonist, and others of “his own peaceful people,” supplanted the intractable “Moors” in certain districts of that northern “Moravia,” yet Mr. Skene seems to think that considerable numbers of the earlier inhabitants continued to inhabit their fatherland, even after the ownership of it had been given to others…All through the twelfth century, indeed, these half suppressed races appear to have been in a state of ferment: now acting as auxiliaries in the armies of their overlords; and again asserting their rights as distinct nationalities. See Ancient and Modern Britons: A Retrospect, Volume 1 Page 179.
“This appeal undoubtedly indicates—what modern historians agree in telling us–that the greater portion of Great Britain, during this twelfth century, was dominated by Normans and semi-Normans. And this lord of Annadale by Norman and Northman–clearly regarded “the Scots” as conquered aborigines. That this ruling caste, to which the King of “Scotland” and his nobles belonged, was composed chiefly, or altogether, of white skinned men, may be regarded as almost certain. And it is equally certain that a considerable portion of the North-British army at this period (the middle of the twelfth century) was made up of gypsy” tribes:–the vanguard being wholly composed of the painted “Indians” of Galloway; and the main portion of the rearguard consisting of the newly conquered “Moors” of northern “Moravia” (Moor-, or Morrow-, or Murray-Land), together with other “Scots,”–this rear battalion being under the immediate supervision of the King and his Norman or semi-Norman nobility.” See Ancient and Modern Britons: A Retrospect, Volume 1 Page 177
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