I Am The Viking Master!!!


Without him, all of you would be lost souls roamin
Feb 23, 2005
I decided to look up my last name (Doyle) online and found out the awesome history of the Doyle Clan:

At dusk on a summer's evening in the year 795 AD, a sinister looking high-prowed ship ploughed into the sands at Lambay Island just north of Howth Head on the east coast of Ireland near Dublin. Immediately from the body of the Longboat, the oarsmen rushed to attack the monastery of Saint Columkill. They slaughtered the monks, plundered the monastery for for all the gold and silver vessels they could find, and then disappeared back into the Irish Sea. The Irish Annalists, referring to the incident, describe the unwelcome arrivals as "dubh-ghaill".
The first "Doyles" had arrived in Ireland!

This was the beginning of more than two centuries of attack and invasion which had devastating effect on Ireland, and on the Irish monasteries in particular.

Viking (from the Old Norse Vikingr) means "sea-rover" or "pirate", and this precisely what these people were. Ethnically, they were Teutons, Danish, Swedish and Norwegain farmers, fisherman and sea-merchants, who were forced onto the open sea in search of a livelihood by over-population and a shortage of arable land at home. From the eighth century, their plundering raids terrorized much of the known world, reaching as far as America, North Africa and Constantinople.

Members of Clan Doyle /Clann O DubhGhaill ("Dubh-Ghaill" ... pronounced "Du-Gall") take their family surname from the Irish Gaelic words meaning "Dark/Evil Foreigner"; and this is just what the indigenous Celts called the Danish Vikings who started settling in Ireland and Scotland more than 1,000 years ago.

In Ireland, the annalists distinguished two groups among the raiding Vikings, the Lochlainn, or Norwegians, and the Danair, or Danes, the Norwegians being described as fair, the Danish as dark (because they wore chain-mail armour). Initially, the Norwegians dominated, and their raids were sporadic and unsystematic. From about 830, however a new phase of large-scale attacks, involving the use of fleets of long-ships, began, and the Vikings penetrated deep inland though the use of rivers and lakes. Attracted by the wealth of the monasteries and churches they plundered them steadily. From this period date the first Vikings' fortified settlements. In 852, the Danes wrested control of one of these settlements, the military and trading post of Dublin, from the Norwegians under their king Olaf (in Irish Amlaoimh), and founded the Danish Kingdom of Dublin which was to last three hundred years, until the coming of the Anglo-Normans.

For the next 100 years, up to the middle of the tenth century, the Vikings consolidated and extended their power though unremitting aggression. From about 950 on, however, the east Clare Gaelic sept of the Dal Cais began its rise to power, capturing first the Kingship of Munster from the Eoganachta and then, with Brian Boru, taking the high-kingship of Ireland from the Ui Neill in 1002. Brian fused the disparate Gaelic forces together with some renegade Vikings into a single confederate army, and stopped the combined might of of the Norwegian and Danish forces in the battle of Clontarf on April 23 1014, neutralising the power of the Vikings permanently.

Although their political power declined after this, as a people the Vikings were soon thoroughly absorbed into the religious and political life of the country, adopting the Irish language and the Irish customs, intermarrying and intermingling.

I am truly the Interweb Viking.
Doyle, I've got a feeling your whole family's going down.
Bite me, moonmaster. :D

Well atleast your name isn't O'Doyle, or you shall be cursed to die. I think that is what E was trying to say, haha.
Yeah, Moonie's subnic does that to the older computers, makes his posts very hard to read and I usually skip over them, you should shorten it.

And the Houde's were vikings as well.

This is an occupational name derived from the Old English word "baecestre" meaning a female baker and later Middle English "bakstere" which was applied to both male and female bakers. In early Latin charters the name is rendered as "pistor" - the Latin word for baker. In that form the name is found as early as the 12th century.

Baxters are found all across Scotland but those in the west are generally regarded as dependents of the Clan Macmillan.

In Fife, they were a prominent family in their own right and witnessed important documents in the 13th century. Between 1200 and 1240 a Reginald Baxtar witnessed a gift of a church of Wemyss in Fife. The name is still found frequently in Fife and the Baxters of Earlshall in northern Fife lived in a baronial castle there. Kilmaron Castle was a mansion built for a Baxter family near Cupar in Fife, around 1820.

In 1296 Geffrei le Baxtere of Lossithe in Forfar took an oath of allegiance to the king. Baxter was (and is) a common name in Angus as Forfar was at one time a royal residence and the first Baxters there may well have been royal bakers.

The Baxters of Kincaldrum were the first to bring power-weaving to the City of Dundee. They prospered as a result and gifted Baxter Park to the city. They endowed a college which eventually became the University of Dundee.

In more modern times, the Baxter family in Fochabers on the river Spey in Morayshire have built a successful business creating quality soups and produce from local suppliers. And Stanley Baxter has had a long career as an actor and comedian.

The Baxter clan motto is "Vincit veritas" which means "Truth prevails".

MacBaxter is regarded as a sept (sub-branch) of the McMillan clan.

Well there you go. We make soup. And bake.
That should be Moony's new subnic.
No. I am still the Internet Jesus.
Admittedly, it would stop the page distortion.
Nothing can stop my awesomeness from distorting your precious page!

Yeah, Moonie's subnic does that to the older computers, makes his posts very hard to read and I usually skip over them, you should shorten it.

And the Houde's were vikings as well.

You are no viking!

*pillages Houde*

*In the butt*
Well there you go. We make soup. And bake.
****ING *****!!!

What? Seriously, I do laugh out loud anytime anyone says that. It's sorta like "Popozao" that way.
People at school have been shouting "O'DOYLE RULES!" when I'm around for years. It's become a running joke.
I have a widescreen monitor, so Moonie's subnic still has a few inches of space after it.

Which makes ME the real viking.
You are not a viking either!

*cuts off Planet-Man's head*

*pillages Planet-Man's body*

*In the butt*
If you had asked me when I started this site how much butt pillaging would occur, I probably would have said, "none."
The name is said to derive from two Gaelic words, "cam" meaning twisted and "beul" meaning mouth, these features traditionally belonging to Gillespie O Duithne who lived early in the 13th century. Some historians suggest that the most likely origin of the family is Flemish, coming over with William the Conqueror in 1066. Ancestors of the Campbells used the Flemish name Erkinbald (Archibald in Scotland). Others say that the line goes back to the Britons of Strathclyde. A former name for the Campbells was "Clann O'Dhuine" and Duine's son was Diarmid and so the name "Clan Diarmid" is also used. There are a number of main branches of Campbell - Argyll, Breadalbane and Cawdor.

The first Campbell in written records is Gillespie Campbell in 1263 although it would appear that the clan had been established in Argyll at an earlier date. Archibald Campbell obtained the Lordship of Lochow when he married the King's Treasurer and Sir Colin Campbell of Lochow, knighted in 1280, founded the Campbells of Argyll. Sir Colin was killed in a skirmish with the MacDonald Lords of the Isles and a cairn still marks the spot where he fell. From him, the title "MacCailean Mor" or "Son of Great Colin" has been carried by the clan chief to this day.

Sir Neil Campbell supported Robert the Bruce and was rewarded with lands forfeited by the Macdougals. Sir Neil also married King Robert's sister and their son, John, was created Earl of Atholl. Another Colin Campbell was made Earl of Argyll in 1457 and his son, Archibald, who was Lord High Chancellor, was killed at Battle of Flodden in 1513.

The fifth earl commanded Mary Queen of Scots' army at the Battle of Langside in 1568, while his brother supported the opposition. Archibald, the 10th Earl was a close supporter of William of Orange and was rewarded with the title of Duke of Argyll and Marquess of Lorne and Kintyre in 1703.

The Campbells are still remembered for the massacre of 38 MacDonalds in Glencoe on 12 February 1692, in an act of treachery. The government troops who carried out the orders were led by a Captain Robert Campbell but the orders were signed by the Secretary of State, Sir John Dalrymple, Earl of Stair.

Campbells were noted as staunch supporters of the government both in the early years when they opposed the MacDonald Lordship of the Isles and later opposed the Jacobite Uprisings. They were well rewarded for their loyalty - and also married shrewdly to extend their lands and power. By the 19th century they owned 40 estates covering almost 1.25 million acres, most of it owned by the Duke of Argyll. Castles with Campbell connections are Dunstaffnage near Oban, Cawdor near Inverness and Inverary in Argyll (the latter is the seat of the current clan chief).

Campbell was the 8th most frequent surname at the General Register Office in 1995.

The Campbell motto is "Ne obliviscaris" ("Do not forget).

Yeah....we Campbells pwned your Viking asses...

Here's a fun bit of archeologic trivia; did you know most experts believe that Scottish women were the inspiration for the Valkyrie. In a time where women were subservient and stayed at home, Gaelic and Celtic women fought side by side with the men. So it's assumed that when the ancient Vikings saw these tall, muscular women with feathers in their hair, painted blue and gurded for battle, they thought the women were divine.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.
No, I was quoting Billy Madison.

I just got done watching that on DVD. I loved one of the deleted scenes where Bill's lazy friends are by the pool.

Jack says, Frank... Frank: yeah?.. Jack: I'm horney... Frank: Don't say that... guys don't get horney... girls get horney, guys get laid... Billy comes over to them and talks about having to go back to school. And then Billy says, Frank... Frank: Yeah?.. Billy: I'm horney!.. Frank gets up and Billy starts chacing him around the whole yard chanting, I'm horney!, I'm horney!, I'm horney!, I'm horney!, I'm horney!, I'm horney!, I'm horney!, I'm horney!, I'm horney!, I'm horney!, I'm horney!, I'm horney!, I'm horney!, I'm horney!...

I wished they kept that in... :lol:

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