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During the years 845 to 850, one of the area’s most severely harassed from the Boyne was the sub-
Under the date A.D. 846, the four Masters record:
“A victory was gained by Tighearnach, Lord of Loch Gabhor over the foreigners at Daire-
O’Donovan explains the place name “i.e. the oak wood of St. Dachonna’s Desert.
Assuming that this Viking Attack came from the Boyne and if their objective was the plunder and destruction of Tighearnach’s headquarters, they might be expected to proceed by boat to that point on the Boyne nearest Dunshaughlin. A glance at the map will show that this point was or about Scurlogstown. If their purpose was merely to secure a supply of beef, a landing at Scurlogstown would also suit their purpose.
The victory of Tighernach however may not have been quite so complete. The Vikings at that time were tough fighters, and we may be sure that Tighearnach did not inflict such heavy losses on them without suffering fairly heavy casualties himself. We must also consider the possibility that the Vikings having lost some important personage in the battle, were anxious to break off the engagement and retire, while they were capable of conducting an orderly retreat.
What might we reasonably expect the Vikings to do, when they reached their bridgehead at Scurlogstown? If there was no sign of interference from hostile forces, we might expect them to bury their dead in accordance with their Viking customs. The rank and file would be interred in a common grave, orientated North-
Article courtesy of Cynthia Simonet