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Shaw's Analysis. Shaw's Inquiry. the same, but differently or- but express my astonishment thographied. The Irish, in at the arrogance of any man, their graminars, have a mno- who, to make way for the Te uncertain and various in- production of 1762, would flection in the termination, destroy all the archives, which the Scots Galic has which the Irish, acknowlednot; and this inclines me ged by all the world to hatu think, the Scots is the ve been in the eighth cenoriginal, and that this in- tury the most learned nation flection of termination in in Europe, have been for Irish grammar is the mark ages labouring to produce, of an attempt by the monks, When the Highlander knows to polish it after the man- nothing of Irish learning, he ner of the Greek and Latin. knows nothing of himself; Father O‘Molloy published and when Irish history is his Grammatica Latina-Hi. loft, Highland genealogy bebernica in 12110 at Rome, comes very vague. The Irish 1677; aud Macurtin, his had laws, inuny of which Elements of the Irish., at have come down to our own Louvain, 1728: bot of which days, written in the ancient merit only to be inentioned. language. Fordun and BuP. xiii,
chanan, although some cen. turies back, having ng knowledge of their own ori
gin, received the list of their Un · , , , ,
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ancient kings, as recorded in the Chron. Scotorum, and
other Irish books. P. 62. Unlike the Irish, the Scots Thither (to Ireland) the Galic delights to pronounce youth of England, and other every letter, and is not briit. countries, went for educaled over with so many use- tion; and all the popular less and quiescent consonants. stories of the Highlands at The English and French are this day agree, that every infinitely more difficult to chieftain went thither for read and pronounce, and ha- education and the use of ve many more silent and mu- arins, from the fourth cente letters. In the Galic the- tury until the Reformation. re are no such ugly-looking Icoluinkill was first founded words, as thought, through, by the inunificence of the strength, &c, P. xv, Irish; and all the abbots
It was not the mercenary and monks belonging to it, consideration of interest, nor one abbot only excepted, perhaps the exspectation of until its dissolution, were fame among iny country. Irish. All the Highlandinen, in whose esteem its clergy not only studied, but beauties are too inuch faded, received ordination in Ire but a taste for the beauties land. The clergy of the of the original speech of a Illands especially, and thonow learned nation, that in- fe of the western coast, duced me, either to begin, were frequently natives of of
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Shaw's Analysis. Shaw's Inquiry. or encouraged me to perle. Ireland. Hence it happens, vere. Ibid.
that all the poetical compositions, Atories, fables, &c, of any antiquity, which are repeated in the Highlands at this day, are confersedly in the Irish dialect. Whatever bards exsisted in the Highlands , received their education at the Irish academies; and every stanza,, that is remarkably fine or obscure, is Hill called Galic dhoimhan Eirionnach,
j, e, deep Irish. P. 64. I beheld with astonishment the learned in Scotland, fince the revival of letters , neglect the Galic; as if it was not worthy of any pen, to give a rational account of a speech used upwards of two thousand years by the inhabitants of inore than one . kingdom. I saw, with regret, a language, once fa.
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Shaw's Analysis. Shaw's Inquiry. mous in the western world, Like a true Scotchman, ready to perish without any in order to make his com. memorial, by the use of position more acceptable to which Galgacus, having as- his countrymen , Mr, Macsembled his chiefs, rendered pherson changes the naine the Grampian hills' impal- of Fionn Mac Cuinhal, the sable to legions, that had Irishman, into Fingal, which conquered the world, and indeed sounds much better ; by which Fingal inspired his and sets him up à Scotch warriors with the desire of king over the ideal kingimınortal fame. I wished an domn of Morven, in the account given to the world, weit of Scotland. - It had of a language, thro' which, been a better argument for for so long a seriod, the be- the authenticity, if he had nefits of knowledge, and the allowed him to be an Irishblessings of religion, were man, and made Morven an communicated to favage Irish kingdom, as well as clans and roving barbarians, made Ireland the scene of his who, in past ages, becom- battles: but, as he inuit ing civilized, sung the prai- ireeds make the hero of an ses of Him, who taught both epic poem a great characthe tongue to found, and ter, it was too great honthe thoughts to foar, within our for any other countryo the walls of the illustrious but Scotland, to have giIona, P. vxi.
ven birth to lo considerable
a personage. P. 34. A11
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Shaw's Analysis. Shaw's Inquiry. An acquaintance with the Naines are quoted, who Galic, being the mothers have given the originals. tongue of all the languages Some of those I am acquaintin the west, seerns necessary ed with; and none of them to every Antiquary, who (for nobody could be more would study the affinity of diligent and inquisitive, than languages, or trace the mi- I have been) could ever grations of the ancient ril- produce any thing, but a ces of mankind. Of late it few scattered fabulous stanhas attracted the attention zas, soinetimes representing of the learned in different the heroes as men, at other parts of Europe and shall times as giants; sometimes its beauties be neglected by probable, and often inarthose, who have opportuni- vellous; none of which can ties, from their infancy, of bear a translation, — All understanding it? Antiquity they (the Highlanders ) being the taste of the age, 'could repeat, was nothing some acquaintance with the , but a few fabulous and Galic begins justly to be marvellous verses, or stories deemed a part of the Belles concerning Fioon Mac Cum. Lettres. The language that hal, alias Fingal, and his boasts of the finished cha- Fiona or followers , chasing racter of Fingal, must richly each other from island to reward the curiosity of who island, ftriding from mounever studies it. Of this Sir tain to mountain, or cross James Foulis is a rare in- fing a frith at a hop, with