A General History of Ireland: From the Earliest Accounts to the Close of the Twelfth Century, Collected from the Most Authentic Records. In which New and Interesting Lights are Thrown on the Remote Histories of Other Nations as Well as of Both Britains, Volume 1

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Page 19 - By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
Page 213 - So great was the reputation of Moran for wisdom and justice, that the gold collar he wore round his neck was used by all his successors, and so wonderful were the effects attributed to it, that the people were taught to believe that whoever gave a wrong decree with this round his neck, was sure to be compressed by it, in proportion to his diverging from the line of truth ; but in every other instance it would hang loose and easy. "The supposed virtue of this collar was a wonderful preservative...
Page 37 - ... they were possessed of England and Wales. And yet) whoever takes notice of a great many of the names of the rivers and mountains throughout the kingdom, will find no reason to doubt, but the Irish must have been' the inhabitants when those names were imposed upon them.
Page 112 - Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
Page 213 - ... be compressed by it, in proportion to his diverging from the line of truth ; but in every other instance it would hang loose and easy. " The supposed virtue of this collar was a wonderful preservative from perjury and prevarication, for no witness would venture into a court to support a bad cause, as he apprehended the effects of it, if placed round his neck. This cannot be better illustrated than by observing that, eren at this day, to swear dar an Joadh Mhoran, by the collar of Moran, is deemed...
Page 221 - by the sun, moon, and stars," to bear true allegiance, " in that portion of the imperial domain taken from Munster, erected a magnificent temple called Flachta, sacred to the fire of Samhain, and to the Samnothei, or priests of the moon. Here, on every eve of November, were the fires of Samhain lighted up, with great pomp and ceremony, the monarch, the Druids, and the chiefs of the kingdom attending ; and from this holy fire, and no other, was every fire in the land first lit for the winter.
Page 59 - ... and having gained his consent the passage goes on thus : — " With a well-appointed fleet of thirty ships and A select number of intrepid warriors, he weighed anchor from the harbour of Corunna for Syria. It appears that war was not the sole business of this equipment ; for in this fleet were embarked twelve youths of uncommon learning and abilities, who were directed to make remarks on whatever they found new, either in astronomy, navigation, arts, sciences, and manufactures.
Page 113 - Next to the sun was the moon, which the Irish undoubtedly adored. Some remains of this worship may be traced, even at this day ; as particularly borrowing, if they should not have it about them, a piece of silver on the first...
Page 197 - Richard the 2nd, in 1395. made a royal tour to Ireland, he was met in Dublin by the four provincial Kings, whom he intended Knighting; but they declined this compliment, each having received that honour from bis father at 7 years old.
Page 105 - They, at the same time, requested wives from Heremon ; engaging, in the most solemn manner, that not only then, but for ever after, if they, or their successors, should have issue by a British and again by an Irish woman; that the issue of this last only, should be capable of succeeding to the inheritance ! . . and which law continued in force to the days of Venerable Bede ; ie about 2000 years ! A mark of...

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