The Enigma of the Battle of Orra and the Fate of the MacQuillans

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"It is an oddity of the history of North Antrim that there is much confusion about the date of one of the region's most important military engagements, the Battle of Orra, even though a great deal of information about it is available, and excellent evidence as to when it actually happened.

Orra's importance is considerable, for it is regarded as an historical watershed: the crucial battle at which Sorley Boy MacDonnell irrevocably broke the power of the MacQuillans, giving him control over their old lordship of the Route."

This article looks at the confusion about the date of one of North Antrim's most important military engagements, the Battle of Orra.

Hector McDonnell

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