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(1) In some traditions Fergus the son of Fingal, and Usmoth chief of Etha , immediately follow Fillan in the list of the chiefs of Morven; but as they are not afterwards mentioned at all in the poem , I look upon the whole sentence to be an interPolation, and have therefore rejected it.
(1) Cathol the son of Maronnan, or Moran, was murdered by Cairbar, for his arrachment to the family of Cormac. He had attended Oscar to the war of Inis-thona , where they contračted a great friendship for one another. Oscar immediately after the death of Cathol , had sent a formal challenge to Cairbar, which he prudently declined, but conceived a secret hatred against Oscar, and had beforehand contrived to kill him at the feast, to which he here invites him.
(1) Cathmor, great in battle, the son of Borbar
duthul, and brother of Cairbar king of Ireland,
had , before the insurred ion of the Firbolg, passed over into Inis-huna , supposed to be a part of South-Britain, to assist Conmor king of that place, against his enemies. Cathmor was successful in the war, but , in the course of it, Conmor was either killed , or died a natural death. Cairbar, upon intelligence of the designs of Fingal to dethrone him , had dispatched a messenger for Cathmor, who returned into Ireland a few days before the opening of the poem.
Cairbar here takes advantage of his brother's absence, to perpetrate his ungenerous designs against Oscar ; for the noble spirit of Cathmor, had he been present, would not have permitted the laws of that hospitality, for which he was so renowned himself, to be violated. The brothers form a contrast : we do not detest the mean soul of Cairbar more, than we admire the disinterested and generous mind of Cathonor.