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Compare 1587 edition: 1 2 Ireland is deuided into foure regiõs,

1. Lagenia.

2. Cõnatia.

3. Hultonia.

4. Momo|nia.

5. Media.

Weſt Méeth, & caſt Méeth

Lein|ſter, eaſte Connaght, weſt: [...]iſter, north: Moũ|ſter, ſouth: and into a fift plot, defalked from euery fourth parte, and yet [...]earyng on eche part, called therof Media, Méeth, compriſing as well eaſt Méeth, as weſt Méeth. Leinſter butteth vpõ England: Vlſter vpõ ye Scottiſh Iſlands, which face wt Hebriades ſcattered betwene both the realmes,Hebriades. wherein at this day the Iriſh Scot, ſucceſſor of ye elder Scy|thian, Pine, or Redſhanke dwelleth. Eche of theſe fiue, where they are framable to ciuili|tie, and aunſwer the writtes of the Princes courtes,The ſhires and coun|ties of Ireland. be ſundred into Shieres or Coũties in this maner. In Leinſter lyeth the Coun|ties of Dublin, Hildare, Welſeford or Gueiſ|ford, Catherlach, Kilkenny, the Countyes of Leiſe and Ophaly, called the King & Quenes counties, theſe two lately ſo named by Par|liament, in the raignes of Phillip and Mary, hauing ſhiere townes accordaunt, Phillips|towne and Maryborough. Connaght hath the countie Clare: Vlſter the countyes of Louthe, Doune, Antrim, one moyetie of the towne of Droghedagh (for ye reſt is in Méeth) and Carregfergus. In Mounſter, lye the Countyes of Waterforde, Lymmericke, Corcke, Countie Palentine of Typperary, Keary, and the croſſe of Typperary. Moun|ſter was of olde tyme deuided into eaſt Moũ|ſter, Ormond, Weſt Mounſter, Deſmonde, South Mounſter, Toonmound. The occaſion why Ireland was parted into theſe v. princi|pall EEBO page image 575 pull regions grew of this.

An. mundi. 2533.

Cambrienſ. lib. .1. diſt. 3. rub .5. & 6.

There arriued in Ireland fiue brethren, that were [...]e valiant and martiall gentlemen: to withe, Gandius, Genandius, Sagandus, otherwyſe named Gangandius, Rorheragus, or Rutheranius, and Slanius. Theſe fiue perceiuing that the countrey was not ſufficiently peopled, were agreed, as if were, to caſt lottes, and to ſhare the whole realme betwene themſelues. The foure elder wethren ſeueryng the countrey in|to foure partes, and beyng lo [...] for vſe theyr yongeſt brother lyke an outcaſt or ſtepſonne, condeſcended that eche of them foure, ſhould at there own portion allotte to Slanius a pa|ryng or parcell of their enheritaunce. Which beyng as hart [...]y receiued by Slanius, as it was bountifully graunted by them, he ſetled himſelfe them, and of that particion it tooke the appellation of Media,Méeth whence it is named. Meethe. The foure partes méete at a certayne none at Méethe, neere the caſtle of Kilayre, as an indifferent meare to ſeuer the iiij. regions. But although Slanius in the beginning had the leſt parcel, yet in ſhort ſpare he ſtoode ſo well to his tack|linges, and ener [...]acht ſo far vpon his neigh|bors, that he obtayned the whole Monarchie of Irelãd. At which tyme he did not ſuppreſſe in obliuion his enheritance of Méethe,Méeth appointed for ye king his table. but did enlarge it, and decréed it ſhould be a country appendant to the Monarch his diet or table. And albeit the confines thereof were by Sla|nius ſtretched, yet it conteyneth not ſo much land, as any of the other foure partes com|prehendeth, but rather by moiſ [...]erent ſuruey, the halfe deale, whereof alſo it is not vnlikely, named Méeth. For where as in the tyme of Slanius eche of the foure partes compriſeth [...]r.Cantared. cantareder. Méeth conteineth but xvj. can|taredes. A cantarede is named ſo much land as conteyneth an hundred towneſhips. This Slanius is entoombed at an hill in Méethe, which of hym is named Slane.Slane.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 Galfride Geneuile.There hath bene in ancient tyme one Gal|fride Geneuile, Lord of the liberty of Méeth. This noble man became a Frier preacher, and deceaſed in the yeare of our Lorde, 1314. the xx. of October, and was entoombed in the Abbey of the blacke Friers at Trimme.

Compare 1587 edition: 1 2 The En|gliſh pale.There is alſo an other diuiſion of Irelande, into the Engliſh pale and Iriſhry. For when Ireland was ſubdued by the Engliſh, diuers of the conquerors planted themſelues néere to Dublyn and the confines thereto adioy|ning, and ſo as it were encloſing and empa|lyng themſelues within certayne liſtes and territories, they ſeazed away the Iriſh, in ſo much as that countrey became méere En|gliſh. And therof it was termed, the Engliſh pale: which in auncient tyme ſtretched from Doondalke to Catherlogh or [...]ke [...]y. But now, what for the [...]ackneſſe of marthou [...]es, and the ener [...]hyng of the Iriſh enemy, the ſcope of the Engliſh pale is greatly empay|red, and is cramprened and [...]ht into an odde corner of the countrey named Fingall, with a parcell of the king his land, Méeth the countries of Kyld [...]re & Louth, which partes are applied chiefly with good huſbandry, and takẽ for the richeſt and cicule [...] ſoyles in Ire|land.Fing [...] excelleth or haſbandry. But Fingall eſpecially from tyme to tyme hath bene ſo addicted to all the poyntes of Huſbandry, as that they are nicknamed by their neighbors, for their continuall drud|gery, Collonnes of the latin worde Coloni, Collonnes of Fingal Clowne. Fingall why ſo na|med. wherunto the clipt Engliſh worde, Clowne, ſéemeth to be aunſwerable. The worde Fin|gall, counter [...] yleth in engliſhe, the race or ſept of the engliſhe or eſtraungers, for that they were ſoly ſeized of that part of ye Iſland, gripyng with their callantes ſo firmely that warme neaſt, that from the conqueſt to this day, the Iriſh enimy could neuer rouſe them from thence. The inhabitantes of the engliſh pale haue bene in olde tyme ſo much addicted to all ciuilitie, and ſo farre ſequeſtred from barbarous ſauageneſſe, as their only mother tongue was Engliſh.The ciui|litie of Ireland in auncient tyme. And truely as long as theſe empaled dwellers did ſunder thẽſelues as wel in land as in language, frõ the Iriſhe: rudenes was day by day in the countrey ſup|planted, ciuilitie engraffed, good lawes eſta|bliſhed, loyaltie obſerued, rebellion ſuppreſ|ſed, and in fine the cyone of a yong England, was lyke to ſhoote in Ireland. But whẽ their poſteritie became not all togither ſo wary in kéeping, as their aunceſtors were valiant in conquering, and the Iriſh language was frée dennized in ye Engliſh pale: this canker tooke ſuch déepe roote, as the body that before was whole and ſounde, was by little and little fe|ſtered, and in maner wholy putrified. And not onely this parcel of Ireland grew to that ciuilitie, but alſo Vlſter and the greater part of Mounſter, as by the ſequele of the Iriſhe hiſtory ſhall plainely appeare. But of all o|ther places,Weiſforde wholy Engliſh. The Pill Weiſeforde with the territorye bayed, and percloſed within the riuer called the Pill, was ſo quite eſtranged from Iriſh|ry, as if a trauailer of the Iriſh (which was rare in thoſe dayes) had picht his foote within the pile and ſpoken Iriſhe, the Weiſefordiãs would commaunde hym forthwith to turne the other ende of his tongue, and ſpeake En|gliſhe, or elſe bring his trouchman with him. But in our dayes they haue ſo aquainted thẽ|ſelues with the Iriſhe, as they haue made a mingle mangle, or gallamaulfrey of both the languages, and haue in ſuch medley or chec|kerwyſe EEBO page image 3 ſo crabbedly iumbled them both to|gyther, as commonly the inhabitants of the meaner ſort ſpeake neyther good Engliſh nor good Iriſhe.

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