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Genealogical Tracts 1
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0903532409, Hardcover)Published in 1932, this volume of Genealogical Tracts I comprises the following articles: The Introduction to the Book of Genealogies by Dubhaltach Mac Firbhiaigh; The Ancient Tract on the Distribution of the Aithech-thuatha; and The Lecan Miscellany, being a Collection of Genealogical Excerpts in the Book of Lecan. Prepared for publication by Toirdhealbhack O' Raithbheartaigh, M.A. The mass of Irish genealogical records and traditions was shaped into a scheme in which all the traditional races of the inhabitants of Ireland, before the coming of the Norsemen, were represented as branches of one stock, and the ancestry of this stock was traced back to Japhet. Those who were held to be of Gaelic race have for the most part in this scheme a common ancestor, Mi'l of Spain. A small proportion has its ancestry traced to a newar kinsman of Mi'l named Lugaid, but as early as the seventh century, "sons of Mi'l" is phrase used to signify the Gaelic race in general. These texts serve to furnish a view of the older traditional materials on which the unified scheme was based and of the methods and means by which it was composed. They serve to bring into light the earlier traditions and to bring under view the existence and in many instances the local distribution of racial elements, of ancient septs and kindreds, whose history is ignored, obscured, or artificially reconstructed in the unified scheme. The first text in the volume was written in 1650 in the College of St. Nicholas in Galway. Its author was the last of a hereditary line of professional historians. The second section in this volume consists mainly of a composite text on the subject of the Aithechthuatha, "tributary peoples". Section C consists of a body of excerpts, mainly of a genealogical kind, forming a continuous collection in the Book of Lecan. The collections appears to have been made to bring together from various sources items of genealogical or historical matter not in accord with commonality.
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