A Statistical Account, Or Parochial Survey of Ireland: Drawn Up from the Communications of the Clergy

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Graisberry and Campbell, 1814
 

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Page 365 - Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.
Page 326 - There is a melancholy little anecdote respecting a member of this fallen family, which is well known and attested here, and is given at length in the County Survey, in substance it is this : the Duchess of Buckingham on her way by Limavady, in the time of Charles I. was induced, by curiosity, to visit the wife of O'Cahan, whose castle had been demolished and himself banished. The situation of this venerable matron was characteristic of her fortunes : she was discovered amid the ruins of her once...
Page 326 - O'Cahan, whose castle had been demolished, and himself banished. In the midst of this half-ruined edifice was kindled a fire of branches. The window casements were stuffed with straw, to keep off" the rigours of the season. Thus lodged the aged wife of O'Cahan : she was found, by her noble visitant, sitting on her bent hams in the smoak, and wrapt in a blanket.
Page 330 - Patrick' s-day until about Michaelmas, a number of devotees surround this well, and after bowing towards it with great reverence, walk round it a certain number of times, repeating, during their progress, a stated measure of prayer, they then wash their hands and feet with the water, and tear off a small rag from their cloaths, which they tie on a bush overhanging the well — from thence they all proceed to a large stone in the river Roe, immediate...
Page 311 - This opinion, so just and reasonable in theory, so ruinous and absurd in practice, is interwoven in such a manner in the very constitution of their minds, that it seems next to impossible to eradicate it : the law of primogeniture but slowly obtains among all nations in a progress to civilization ; but the Irish seem peculiarly obstinate, in rejecting any approach to it. In spite of every argument, they continue to divide their farms among their children, and to divide on, until division is no longer...
Page x - ... the means of improvement of which they are respectively capable, the amount of the population of a state, and the causes of its increase or decrease, the manner in which the territory of a country is possessed; and cultivated, the nature and amount of the various productions of the soil, the value of the personal wealth or stock of the inhabitants...
Page 593 - John Graham, in the year 1814, the writer states that " on the first day of May, from time immemorial, until the year 1798, a large pole was planted in the market place at Maghera, and a procession of May-boys, headed by a mock king and queen, paraded the neighbourhood, dressed in shirts over their clothes, and ornamented with ribbons of various colours. This practice was revived last year.
Page vii - the knowledge of the present state of a country with a view to its future improvement.
Page xiii - ... and these accounts will ever remain an extraordinary monument of the learning, good sense, and general information of the clergy of Scotland, It is to be regretted that the adjoining parishes are not put together in the work, which would have assisted the memory both in attaining and recollecting the state of particular districts. The repetitions and contradictory opinions which occur are not...
Page 320 - The manner of preserving the accuracy .of tradition is singular, and worthy of notice. In the winter evenings, a number of Seanachies frequently meet together, and recite alternately their traditionary stories. If any one repeats a passage, which appears to another to be incorrect, he is immediately stopped, when each gives a reason for his way of reciting the passage, the dispute is then referred to a vote of the meeting, and the decision of the majority becomes' imperative on the subject for the...

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