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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 41 pages of information about The Kiltartan History Book.
that to pay what I owe you.’  The second day he did the same thing in another house.  And in the third house they went to he ordered ten pounds worth of food and drink in the same way.  And when the time came to pay, he struck the table with the hat, and there was the money in the hand of the man of the house before them.  ‘That’s a good little caubeen,’ said the Scotch rogue, ’when striking it on the table makes all that money appear.’  ‘It is a wishing hat,’ said the Goban; ’anything I wish for I can get as long as I have that.’  ‘Would you sell it?’ said the Scotch rogue.  ‘I would not,’ said the Goban.  ’I have another at home, but I wouldn’t sell one or the other.’  ’You may as well sell it, so long as you have another at home,’ said the Scotch rogue.  ’What will you give for it?’ says the Goban.  ‘Will you give three hundred pounds for it?’ ’I will give that,’ says the Scotch rogue, ’when it will bring me all the wealth I wish for.’  So he went out and brought the three hundred pound, and gave it to the Goban, and he got the caubeen and went away with it, and it not worth three halfpence.  There was no beating the Goban.  Wherever he got it, he had got the gift.”

THE DANES

“The reason of the wisps and the fires on Saint John’s Eve is that one time long ago the Danes came and took the country and conquered it, and they put a soldier to mind every house through the whole country.  And at last the people made up their mind that on one night they would kill its soldiers.  So they did as they said, and there wasn’t one left, and that is why they light the wisps ever since.  It was Brian Boroihme was the first to light them.  There was not much of an army left to the Danes that time, for he made a great scatter of them.  A great man he was, and his own son was as good, that is Murrough.  It was the wife brought him to his end, Gormleith.  She was for war, and he was all for peace.  And he got to be very pious, too pious, and old and she got tired of that.”

THE BATTLE OF CLONTARF

“Clontarf was on the head of a game of chess.  The generals of the Danes were beaten at it, and they were vexed; and Cennedigh was killed on a hill near Fermoy.  He put the Holy Gospels in his breast as a protection, but he was struck through them with a reeking dagger.  It was Brodar, that the Brodericks are descended from, that put a dagger through Brian’s heart, and he attending to his prayers.  What the Danes left in Ireland were hens and weasels.  And when the cock crows in the morning the country people will always say ’It is for Denmark they are crowing.  Crowing they are to be back in Denmark.’”

THE ENGLISH

“It was a long time after that, the Pope encouraged King Henry to take Ireland.  It was for a protection he did it, Henry being of his own religion, and he fearing the Druids or the Danes might invade Ireland.”

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