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According to the best Anglo-Irish authorities — — the population at the time of the Restoration 1660 was something over a million. But for a whole century before that time the country had been devastated by continuous war, probably the most destructive ever experienced by any nation within historic times so that the people of three of ; the provinces, Ulster, Munster, and Connaught, as well as of a considerable part of Leinster, were almost exter- minated. At the beginning of these wars there must have been two or three times more people than in 1660.

In case of the great majority of mu- seum articles the chain of con- nexion is complete : that is to we are able to pronounce say, with certainty that such and Fig. 12. Fig. 13. — FlG. 14. — Fig. 14. brooch (pin cut short here to save space: see " Brooch" in Index). Irish bronze caldron for boiling meat, 12)4 inches deep, formed of plates It shows marks and signs of long use over a fire. beautifully riveted together. ) (See hollow end of the hair, 3% inches in diameter. ) FIG. 12. Ancient FIG. — Ancient Irish All three objects now in National Museum, Dublin, and descriptions in the records.

74 to 79 below). Tacitus, writing in the end of the first century, states that much intercourse between there was difference little manners, and customs : find that the British Irish writers are between them in disposition, and, as corroborating this, customs incidentally noticed we by found to be generally identical with those of the Irish themselves. Here it may be proper to remark that many ancient Gaelic customs that have died out, or are only faintly remembered, in Ireland, are still preserved, with most of their antique features, in the Islands land, of which several examples will and Highlands of Scot- be given in this book, from Martin, Pennant, Scott, Carmichael, and other delineators of Scottish manners.

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