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The same thing may be secrets, called by the Irish said as to the notes for writing of which Warseus says he Ogum ; had some copies and one Donald Forbis mentions others for no body doubts but the Irish had their notes or cyphers for writing short-hand, and their secrets keeping especially : ; ; the Druids, for preserving from the knowledge of Christians the secret of their profane mysteries, made use, no doubt, of secret characters, or letters, from the time that once the use of letters was introduced in Ireland.

Museum in the British are described, such as (Clarendon 15), various in which the Din n- Ogham, of the letters are borrowed from those of hills En- ; which they are borrowed from those of birds Ogham, Dath-Ogham, from colours; Cell- Ogham, from churches, &c. in ; ; but these are evidently contrivances of later ages. The ancient Irish also used an obscure mode of speaking, which was likewise called Ogham, and is thus described by O Molloy " Obscurum loquendi modum, vulgo Ogham, Antiquarijs Hibernise satis notum, quo nimirum loquebantur : syllabizando rum, et voculas appellationibus litterarum, dipthongo- tripthongorum ipsis dumtaxat notisV To this mode of speaking distinct reference is made in the following entry in the Annals of Clonmacnoise, as translated by Connell Mageoghegan, in the year 1627 " A.

De mon indiscretion en prenant la liberte de vous les adresser : 1 science plaidera Si vous etes assez moi. " Iv Introduction. written on Irish grammar. tioned by the Irish writers cepts of the Poets. This The is first work of this kind men Uraicecht na n-Eiges, or Pre treatise is attributed to Forchern, orFerceirtne, the son of Deaghaidh, from whom theDeagads, It is said or Clanna Deaghaidh, of Munster, are descended. to have been written at Emania, the royal palace of Ulster, century, but was afterwards interpolated and en in the first larged at Derryloran, in Tyrone, about the year 628, by Cennfaeladh, the son of Ailill.

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