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are reported, by the bards, to have been great travellers, spreading fame and conquests in many places, and were professed instructors of mankind, wherever they went; that they were famous in Egypt, and great heroes; were learned in arts and sciences, and were therefore revered and held in high esteem by those nations to which they went. Such an agreement of the events and names ot heroes tallying so exactly with every circumstance, in both accounts, must bespeak the utmost credit. The circumstance of the great drought in Spain; the report of Sesojlris having planted a colony of Gethulians, who were, according to Salujl, the natives of part of Africa, in Spain, after his conquest of Lybia; and many other matters of like nature, most happily falls in with the tradi'tions of the bards, who fay in one place, that the Gethuli, and in another, the mighty Gathelas, came into Spain; and that, in process of time, the people who, as I have made it appear before, were Magogians, or Scythians, notwithstanding that Gathelas, or Gadelas, was born in Egypt, were driven thence into Ireland, and carried with them their learning; for they had the use of letters from Phenius; and none but Scythians, or Magogians, were the original inhabitants of Ireland after the flood, nor of England, but Gomeriajis.
I Now must endeavour to inform my readers who these several heroes were that are just mentioned, in a more particular account of them; in which I flatter myself it will sully appear, that the names mentioned were of several persons respectively; that they were famous in war as well us in learning; and that they took the most proper methods thods to improve mankind, spreading knowledge, acquiring and teaching the different languages with that disinterested public spirit, that one would think nothing but a divine assistance could have promoted. And this can no where be found, but in the records of the silids, or bards, we have mentioned; and as we fee them coinciding with Sir Isaac, and many Others, in these matters of fact, so exactly, surely we cannot but give them a due attention in their further accounts of the very persons, to whom the Greeks themselves, as well as more modern authors, have paid so much regard. And it must.be very agreeable to the lovers of history, to find so many noble strokes of the ancient history of Spain confirmed by this agreement of the learned of Europe with our bards; who were in much more esteem with Camden and bishop Ujher, than the Roman historians, in matters of remote antiquity,
Of the genealogy of Gallamh, or Milefius.
I Have shewn before, in this work, that the records of Ireland are not, in the least instance, different in their accounts from thofe of Moses, concerning the descendants from Adam to Noah, and from Noah to the placing of his three sons in Europe, Asa, and Africa. Moses, after having settled the issue of the three brothers, leaves them, where the prophets find their posterity in suture times, and pursues only the line of Shem. Sanchoniatho too, however obscurely, is found to have traced the line from Adam, and confines himself to take the part of the impious generations of Ham: and the issue of Japhet,
Q_ through through Magog, is expressly treated of by these bards and historians that were constantly employed for that purpofe in the families of both Gomer and Magog, whofe generalrouts and migrations I have enlarged. upon before.
Now it cannot be denied, that, while Noah's sons and grandsons dwelt about him, they all knew their descent and genealogies, and other affairs of their ancestors before the flood: and it is very natural to believe, that whenthey were obliged, from their increase, to file off and establish nations of their own, respectively, in the quarters towhich Noah ordered them to go, they then had only their own particular history of fuccessions to record and hand down to posterity.
Thus it was that the Mago^ians, or Scythians, proceeded to employ their bards, in their northwestern migrations, and their incursions southwards at certain times, till their arrival and establishment in Ireland, which was not brought to pass at once, but by the various invasions that happened from time to time, by colonies of the fame line always, except once by a colony from Africa, as mentioned in another place; who obtruded themselves upon Ireland, and well nigh overthrew the then system of government.
These bards, or historians, then begin their genealogy from Magog, as it is recorded in the Psalter of Cajhel; indeed it may be faid from Lamech, the father of Noah -9 but it is from Magog the Scythian kings and heroes are derived by them. The table is in a future chapter of this work; but some particulars relating to the tranfactions and fortunes of some of them are what I mall now proceed upon* The
The names which Sir Isaac thought were but different appellations of Sesojlris'm various countries, are all in succession, in the Pedigree of Milejius, as the regular descendants from Magog; an argument sufficient to confute that opinion; but some particulars concerning them will be more decisive.
In this noble monument of antiquity, the Pedigree of Milejius; it appears that Magog begat Baath; Baath begat Finiusa Farsa; Finiusa begat Nil, or rather Niul; Niul was the father of the great Gadelas; Gadelas of Easru; Easru of Sru; Sru of Heber Scot; Heber of Oghamamh: and this is carried down to Milejius, who k the eighteenth descendant from Gadelas. Here we see that thofe names, thought to have been only different titles of Sesojlris, are absolutely the proper names of the descendants of Magog, in succession to each other, in a right line; which could never have been known, if this register had not been preserved by the Magogian bards in their own tongue. Magog was the sounder of the first Scythian monarchy, after the flood; and was succeeded by his son Baath, of whom not much is faid in the Irish Annals; but Finiusa Farsa, the next heir, was he who made a great figure, and of whom, with some of his kindred, I shall give a short sketch in this place, from the ancient records of Ireland.
There is something very particular in this monarch's history, as delivered by these filids. He is laid to ha^e been a prince of an uncommon genius for learning, applying himself, in a most assiduous manner, to the study of languages; and, at length, to have made himself master
Q_2 of of many; for some time before he was established in his government, there arofe, according to this Magogian History, a variety of tongues, from the building of Babel by the sons of Nimrod; and before this, that all the then inhabitants of the earth spoke but one language. Here again is an amazing agreement with Holy Writ, and yet they had among them this account all along, even before the birth of Moses. And that while they were busied about this tower, in order to preserve themselves from another flood, by carrying it up higher than they fancied water could reach, the filids fay, that Heber, of the family of Shem, admonished them against such an enterprize, and refused joining in it; alledging, that it was a wicked attempt, and a vain one, carried on in defiance of heaven, whofe ordinations there was no resisting. They were not moved with his remonstrance, but obstinately persevered in their resolution, when in the midst os it, a strange confusion in their language broke out and frustrated their designs. Heber, for his pious behaviour upon this occasion, had his language preserved pure in his. family, fay these records.
This Finiufa, the Scythian monarch, from his desire to attain the language of Heber, and as many others as he could, sent out several learned men, by some of the filids it is faid seventy-two, for so many dialects are said to have arisen from that confusion, in the several countries* which were by this time distinguished into governments, in order to learn their tongues; and they were limited to seven years absence, for accomplishing that noble design; in the mean time, he resolved to go himself into