A Glossary of Cornish Names, Ancient and Modern, Local, Family, Personal, &c: 20,000 Celtic and Other Names, Now Or Formerly in Use in Cornwall

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Williams & Nargate, 1871 - Names - 212 pages
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Page vii - LEXICON CORNU-BRITANNICUM. A Dictionary of the Ancient Celtic Language of Cornwall, in which the words are elucidated by copious examples from the Cornish works now remaining, with translations in English. The synonyms are also given in the cognate dialects of Welsh, Armoric, Irish, Gaelic, and Manx, showing at one view the connexion between them.
Page x - It seems to have been a melodious and yet by no means an effeminate language, and Scawen places it in this respect above most of the other Celtic dialects : — " Cornish," he says, " is not to be gutturally pronounced, as the Welsh for the most part is, nor mutteringly, as the Armorick, nor whiningly as the Irish (which two latter qualities seem to have been contracted from their servitude), but must be lively and manly spoken, like other primitive tongues.
Page vii - converse with old Dolly," and " talked with her for hours together in Cornish"; so says the historian, Polwhele»; and further he says f of Tomson, " a native of Truro, an engineer or maker of engines for the use of mines," who, as well as he knew, might be alive when he wrote, " he knows more, I believe, of the Cornish language than the old lady, whom he celebrated, ever knew." " I met him at Plymouth Dock " (now Devonport) " in 1789 ; the old man, hearing my name announced, saluted me instantly...
Page x - ... at once collecting together these old names, while some of those still live who made the surveys for the Tithe Apportionments, or who gave these persons the names they entered on their plans, &c. In the opinion of the compiler, old personal names, the names of individuals, jumMe two or three woids together, making but one of them all, tho...
Page 210 - ... hints, as also for some renderings from Gwavas's MSS. J.Ca. — The late Rev. John Carne. Vicar of Merther. from whose paper, in the Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, No. 4, p. 10, most of the identifications of the Domesday manors are taken. JG — Mr. John George, fisherman, Mousehole ; terms in common use among fishermen. JM— Sir John Maclean, author of the "Parochial and Family History of the Deanery of Trigg Minor.
Page xi - the origin and history of the countless monuments of Ireland, of the ruined church and tower, the sculptured cross, the holy well, and the commemorative name of almost every townland and parish in the whole island.
Page 127 - Carew PEDN AN LAAZ. — Other renderings of PENWITH: "head of the Ashen-trees (enwith)," Car.; "head of the breach or separation " (gwyth), Gw., Pr., Po. ; " head of the island " (uict), Box. ; " high or conspicuous (gmjdn) promontory," B. ; "? iqfenwith, the end,
Page vii - Mount Calvary," a poem of little more than 2000 lines, of the 15th century ; five miracle plays (Guaremirs) or dramas — three,
Page 66 - Survey," first published in 1602, says, "A little inward from Mounted// cunib lieth a safe and commodious road for shipping, called Hamose, and compounded of the words ose and Ham according to the nature of the place.* Here those vessels cast anchor which are bound to the Eastwards, as those do in Catwater who would fare to the West, because euerie wind that can serve them at Sea will from thence came them out : which commoditie other roads do not so conveniently afford.

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