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The Home and Origin of the Clan.
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Edir Sceoil mhic
Eodnin mhic
Eri mhic
Olloil mhic
Dendhi mhic
Shine mhic
Truen mhic
Rothreun mliic
Eai'nali mliic
Manimhdir mliic
Ferghie mhic
Olloilerm mlric
Frachri fravraj' mhic Aonghuis
Tuirmhieli teainricli righ
Eran or tlie Totli monarch of Ireland,
Peter Welsh.
ide
Conoir mhoir mhic
Edir Sceoil mhic
Eoghm mhic
Olloil mhic
Eri no hioi' mhic
Deadhe mliic
Shine mbie
Rothm mhic
Iruen mhic
Rothieun mhic
Mani mhor mhic
Fergo mhic
Feradich mhic
AUoil Erin mhic
Ferchar Fiarvain mhic
Aoniihus Faii'mhic Jeam mhic
As heretofore noted, it Avas the custom of the greater families in the
Highlands of Scotland to keep their family historians, who recorded the ex-
ploits of the great men of the clan, their marriages, and other notable trans-
actions. As the chieftains were often illiterate, they sent the seanachaidh
to Ireland,, who was there instructed in the Irish language, and returned
home freighted with incredible romances, flatteries, and panegyrics upon the
Irish kings ; and as no history was so well known among the Highlanders as
that of Ireland, by the continual intercourse between them and that nation,
from which several of them came, and the connection between their languages,
might have given their genealogists cause to derive their origin entirely from
that country. The seanachaid is not always to be relied upon. He desired
to flatter his master, and readily traced out such a genealogy as was de-
sired ; hence, to genuine Highland families has been assigned an Irish, a
French, or Norman origin, or just such an origin as flattered the fancy of
the chief, who thought it more honorable to be descended from a Danish
pirate, a Norman adventurer, a French wanderer, or an Irish princeling, than
from an honest man of his own glens. It may be regarded as an unquestion-
able fact that the MacLeans are of a purely Highland origin. It can not
be proved that Gilleain was or was not descended from any of the sons of
Ere. So far as Aongas Tuirmeach Tcamhrach is concenjed, he may have
been a very good king, and ruled over Ireland for the long period of sixty
years, as asserted by the Irish annalists; and, again, there may never have
been such a man. If there ever was such a king, he must have ruled over a
very small principality, having been more the chief of a tribe than a king.
The remote genealogists, whether from indolence, incompetency, or else

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