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Subject: Re: Immacallam: facts & fictions
From: Dennis King <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 15 Dec 2000 09:34:43 -0800
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Caoimhin O Donnaile wrote:

> In Agallamh na Seanorach, Caoilte tells Pádraig that the Féine
> spent their winters (off-season for fighting) in Arran.
> Pádraig asks, "Where is that island?" and Caoilte replies that it
> is between "Albainn" and "Cruthantuath".  (Spelling may be way out
> here - I writing from memory of a modern Irish translation and way
> out of my depth here.)  According to this, Alba was presumably the
> Q-Celtic Argyll, while Cruthantuath was the P-Celtic Strathclyde?
> I suppose it all depends on dates, if the meaning of "Alba" changed
> over time.

Interesting observation!  According to MacKillop (Dictionary of
Celtic Mythology), the meaning of "Alba" changed from Britain to
Scotland as a result of "the Irish settlement of Dál Riada in
Argyllshire, whose inhabitants were known as Fir Alban [the men
in Britain]."

Dennis

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