Govan Timeline – 870

A new power appears in the seas around Britain and Ireland - Viking raiders from Norway and Denmark. In 870 Vikings sail up the Firth of Clyde to plunder the old fortress at Dumbarton. The king of the Britons is captured and killed. But the kingdom manages to survive, and the new king moves up the river to Govan, which becomes the heart of the kingdom. The kingdom itself gets a new name: Strathclyde.

Part of our Govan Timeline – A bit of Govan history every day from
26 March – 28 April

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