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SHAW contra SHA W." .
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Shaw's Analysis. , Shaw's. Inquiry.
All charters, deeds, re-
cords, and laws, were now
written in Latin or Scots.
And the monasteries being
pillaged by Edward, what-
ever was valuable in literatu.
re, was entirely loft. Ire-
lasıd, which hitherto was
fubjected by no foreign lord,
nor distressed by the encro-
achinents of a neighbouring
ftate, except fome tempora-
ry invasions by the Danes ; . We will readily grant ,
quietly enjoyed the use of that part of the contests in
its laws, language, and li- Ireland, and the war with
berties. It was at this junc- Lochlin, is founded in hi-
ture that the Irish Seana- ftory, because all the ani-
chies and annalists (when nals of Ireland have handed
the Scots, having thrown it down to us: but the au-, .
off their extorted allegiance thor, in order to serve his
to England, their annals purpose, wrests facts as they
and records being irrecover- may best serve his end : and,
ably destroyed by Edward, apprehensive of a future
wished to have some ac- detection, labours with great
count of their own origin) zeal to destroy the credit of
invented their hyperbolic all Irish history, and, with

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SHAW contra SHAV.
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Shaw's Analysis. Shaw's Inquiry. and incredible Milesian ex- a few bold strokes of his pedition froin Egypt and pen, obliterate all the Cel. Spain to Ireland, and then- tic learning ever known any ce to Scotland by the pro- where, in order to make montories of Galloway and 'way for a new systein of Cantire. Fordun, having no Celtic enigration and Heother materials, at once bridian and Fingalian history, adopted this system, which in the Introduction to the gained univerfally in Scot- History of Great Britain and land, until the ingenious Ireland, of which nothing Mr. Macpherson published was heard before. This book his Introduction to the Hi- was published on purpose, story of Great Britain and to support the imposture of Ireland. P. viii,

Fingal. P. 35.Though there were Eng. No argument can be adlish colonies in Ireland, the duced in favour of Highland Gael of that country enjoyed learning, from their ancient their own laws and customs, laws; for none, according till the reiguis of Elizabeth to Mr. Macpherson hiinself, and James J. when the Eng. ever exfifted, except the will lish laws were univerfally of the chieftain, until fome established. This is the rea- partial and faint influences , fon, why the Iberno - Galic of it were felt in the reigu has inore. MSS. and books of the latter Jameses. , Prithan the Caledonian. In vate property has not been


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Shaw's Analysis. Shaw's Inquiry. Scotland there has been a legally ascertained until very general destruction of an- lately; for the extent of a tient records and books, chief's territory depended which Ireland has escaped. 'on the number and valour It enjoyed its own laws and of his vassals and follower's. language till a later date, Hence it is, that few chiefwhilst the Scots - English ve- tains at this day can shew ry early became the establish- charters of any considerable ed language in North Bri- date, P. 65. . . tain. P. ix. .

The improvement of the In my tour in the Highe country, as well as the minds · lands, a respectable minister of the inhabitants, has been begged, I'would set abouc. ftrangely neglected, in an a translation of Fingal; and age when every other coun- that he and others would try emerges from obícurity undertake to prove it the and ignorance; till some composition of Oflian, and changes were forced upon procure affidavits for that them by a late law, I shall purpose. We need not, the, not say how politic, To see refore, be surprised to hear a people naturally capable the Highlanders confidently of every improvement, talk of their having seen though once misled by ig- and heard them repeated , norance, stripped of their although none can produce ancient habits and customs, a specimen. But to perfift and deprived of the Scriptu- in affirming that he has it,

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SHA W - contra SHAW. .
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Shaw's Analysis. Shaw's Inquiry.
res in their own tongue; the and publishing dissertations
right of Chriflians , never to prove it; to rail and ab-
denied to the inoft savage use all who will not believe
Indians; is at once a compli. him, is an insult on the
cation of inhumanity and party, and a “degree of
imprudence. Better slay “stubborn audacity, the
their bodies, to secure their “world has hitherto been
affections, as Rome was "unacquainted with.” - It
wont to do with heretics, is the last subterfuge of guilt.
to bring their souls to hea- The Highlanders and Scotch,
ven: than keep them in igno- very partial to their country
rance, with the exspectation and antiquities, alfhough
that, after some generations, the translation might differ
the English manuers, langua- from what they might have
'ge, and improvements, may heard repeated, would not
begin to dawn. At this day, take the trouble to detect it,
there is no equal number as even that detection might
of people in Britain, so use. be understood as an argu-
ful to the state. Upon every went against their genuine-
emergency they supply, our ness. They were glad of
navy with good seamen, and this new and unknown ho-
our armies with valiant solda nour; and many of the na-
iers. But ftrip them of mes of the heroes in the
their dress, language, the poems being fainiliar to their
name and honour of Gael, ears, of which they had of.


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SHAW contra SĦAv.
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Shaw's Analysis. Shaw's Inquiry. and they soon degeneratë. ten heard mention made in Their habit, language, life, the tales and fables of the and honour, they always kept Highlands in their 'youthful or parted with at once. The years, and, in some degree, honour of the name, their at this day, couli be easily habit, and a Galic speech, led, by a little ""Caledonian

have always inspired them "bigotry," not only to be, more, than the consecration lieve, but to vouch for their

of the colours. Governinent, being a "literal translation." by preserving these privile- P. 71. ges, to them sacred as their 'ara o foci, might have at least one part of the comimuity, of whom they, on any emergency, might say with the Roman general, “I know, the tenth legion “will not desert me." P. xii.

On the Iberno - Galic the- I ain conscious, that, re have been written gram- without a knowledge of Irish mars by different hands. learning, we can know The Scots and Irish Galic, nothing of the Earse as a though not radically differ tongue, (the Irish being ent, are two separate dia- the studied language, and lects of the same langage. the Earfe only a distant proThe words are almost always vincial dialect.) I cannot



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