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concerning the Fiona. The greatest part of them make the heroes of Fion,

... Siol Alain a n'nioma caoile. ,
The race of Alsion of many firths. :

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. It remains now to shew, how the Irish bards begun to appropriate Ossian and his heroes to their own country. After the English conquest, many of the natives of

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The Saxon manners and language had, at that time, made great progress in the south of Scotland. The antient language, and the traditional history of the nation, became confined entirely to the inhabitants of the Highlands, then fallen, from several

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found it no difficult matter to impose their own fićtions on the ignorant Highland senachies, by flattering the vanity of the Highlanders, with their long list of Heremonian kings and heroes, they , without contradićtion, assumed to themselves the charaćter of being the mother-nation of the Scots of Britain. At this time, certainly, was

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together with it, their national traditions,

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These circumstances are far from being ideal. We have remaining many particular traditions, which bear testimony to a faāt, of itself abundantly probable. What makes the matter incontestible is, that the antient traditional accounts of the genuine origin of the Scots, have been handed down without interruption. Though a few ignorant senachies might be persuaded out of their own opinion, by the smoothness of an Irish tale, it was impossible to eradicate, from among the bulk of the people, their own national traditions. These traditions afterwards so

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