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Page 60 - Ninian, a most reverend bishop and holy man of the British nation, who had been regularly instructed at Rome in the faith and mysteries of the truth...
Page 92 - The mistress and servants of each family take a sheaf of oats and dress it up in women's apparel, put it in a large basket, and lay a wooden club by it, and this they call Briid's Bed : and then the mistress and servants cry three times, Briid is come, Briid is welcome.
Page 148 - Haste and come to me!" 0 Helen fair! O Helen chaste! If I were with thee, I were blest, Where thou lies low and takes thy rest On fair Kirconnell lea.
Page 326 - ... not, it was supposed, be offensive to the stern inhabitant of the regions of despair. This was so general a custom, that the Church published an ordinance against it as an impious and blasphemous usage. This singular custom sunk before the efforts of the clergy in the seventeenth century ; but there must still be many alive who in childhood have been taught to look with wonder on knolls and patches of ground left uncultivated, because, whenever a ploughshare entered the soil, the elementary spirits...
Page 265 - They made the prayer, and health came to him. After that Columcille gave to Drostan that town, and blessed it, and left as (his) word, ' Whosoever should come against it, let him not be manyyeared [or] victorious.' Drostan's tears came on parting from Columcille. Said Columcille, ' Let DEA.R be its name henceforward.
Page 290 - In lona of my heart, lona of my love, Instead of the voice of monks, shall be lowing of cattle; But ere the world come to an end, lona shall be as it was.
Page 118 - This miraculous conveyance is the reason they give for desisting to work where they first began.
Page 92 - Bed : and then the mistress and servants cry three times, " Briid is come ; Briid is welcome ! " This they do just before going to bed, and when they rise in the morning they look among the ashes, expecting to see the impression of Briid's club there ; which, if they do, they reckon it a true presage of' a good crop and prosperous year, and the con trary they take as an ill omen.
Page 293 - The curiosity of the place is the well of the saint ; of power unspeakable in cases of lunacy. The patient is brought into the sacred island, is made to kneel before the altar, where his attendants leave an offering in money : he is then brought to the well, and sips some of the holy water. A second offering is made. That done, he is thrice dipped in the lake, and the same operation is repeated every day for some weeks ; and it often happens, by natural causes, the patient receives relief, of which...
Page 406 - In the same work, xiii. 99, parish of Strathmartin, county of Forfar, we read : " In the north end of the parish is a large stone, called Martin's Stone. Tradition says that, at the place where the stone is erected, a dragon, which had devoured nine maidens (who had gone out on a Sunday evening, one after another, to fetch spring-water to their father), was killed by a person called Martin, and that hence it was called Martin's Stone.