I did finnish this book a few months ago and had been meaning to do a review, but have been extremely busy.
Sean Duffy's introduction to this series of lectures is excellant! Unfortunately, the next several chapters have nothing to do with gallowglas at all. The following chapters, especially "Having the right kit" are applicable, but fell short of what I had hoped for. The last chapters, once again, deal with Scotish history and have little to do with the gallowglass.
Overall, I was dissapointed with this book and the series of lectures. The title is missleading. Half of the book deals with Scotish history, without relating it to Irish history. The presentation on "Having the Right kit" had so much potential, but the presentor/author did not explore all the possible resources. I do recomend this volume, with the caveat that it is certainly not the "end all, be all" of information on gallowglass.
"...The O'Brennans, a sept of thieves without any right or title, ... were a perpetual disturbance to the peace of the county,"