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the remains of these original people, the Gomerians in Wales, and the Magogians in Ireland and Scotland, keep up the distinction between themselves and the other mixed inhabitants of thofe three places; and mark their origin, by the names they bear, to this day.
I Shall now finish this chapter, with the genealogy of Gadelas, which I promised, a little above; to shew whence he sprung, and that he was the ancestor of king Milejius of Spain. The famous and learned Cormac Mac Cuillenain, archbishop of Cajhel, in the Psalter of Cashes and from the Book of Invajions, asserts that Gadelas was cotemporary with Moses; and that the Milefians invaded Ireland two hundred and eighty-three years after Pharaoh and his host perished in the Red Sea, as I have mentioned it before; and, therefore, it is impossible that Heber and Here?non should be the sons of Gadelas; but of Milefius, who is the last descendant in the catalogue of that line, which is as follows:
son of Tart
son of Lantech. From
Milesus son of Bille son of Breogan son of Bratha son of Deagatha son of Earchada son of Alloid son of Nuaghadh son of Neanuaill son of Feibhriglas son of Heber Glunn Fio?m son of Laimfi?m son of Adhnoin
From this table it appears, that Milesius was the eighteenth in descent from Gadelas\ and it must be observed, that the taste for keeping the most exact registers of their great men prevailed so much, by the legal injunction upon their bards and antiquaries, and by fashion, that there were very few families of any note, but caused their own pedigrees to be handed down, with the greatest care; and it is now the humour of many, whofe situation in life is but very low; for it is not uncommon to hear men, following the plough,. in that country, giving an account of their own descent from very great ancestors; which they deliver with so much precision, and as little hesitation, as any one could do in reading a catalogue of names fairly wrote; and this is learned by every son from his father, in succession; just as the younger bards were taught, in former ages, by the elder; many of which pedigrees, thus preserved traditionally by poor families, agree very clofely with the authentic records now in being; although nopossible information could be obtained by these people from the records themselves, as they cannot read their own language; nor can they, from their obscurity in life,. procure any knowledge of this kind from thofe that are well versed in the Irish writing; and this is much the genius of the ancient Britons, at this time, and ever was; which is a strong presumption, that, from the very deluge, the sons of Noah respectively pursued this custom.
CHAP. CHAP.. VII.
,Colonel Grant's explanation of a curious Siberian medal, in the cabinet of the empress of Russia, which relates to the religion of Tangutia and Tibet; of the Lamas, and their notion of a Triune Being; agreement between Persian and German words j missionaries accounts of those people; history of the knowledge of a pleurality in the Deity, among the patriarchs, and afterwards among the Jews, c.
f'^f^HEN the mind is attentively employed in such $9? w Sj» re^earcnes as tend to illustrate any obscure X^y^j? passages in history or antiquity, every hint, every ray of light that illustrates the subject, gives high fatisfaction to the student, and tends to the great entertainment of the reader of his work,
I Had much pleasure, in the discovery of an anecdote that sell in my way, from the pen of a very learned and ingenious gentleman; who, with a fagacity peculiar to himself, and a knowledge in the ancient Magogian language, which, I am sorry, very sew can boast of, has illuminated the subject I am upon to my utmost wishes.
Medalic history has rescued many noble passages from the dark recesses of oblivion, in almost every nation in Europe , and it was a glorious passion that animated the busy minds cf men, of every rank, to impress their atchievements, and other memorable incidents, upon some durable material, which was capable of bearing the injuries