Allen's Dictionary of English Phrases by Robert Allen

By Robert Allen

Allen's Dictionary of English words is the main complete survey of this zone of the English language ever undertaken. taking on 6000 words: it explains their that means: explores their improvement and offers citations that variety from the Venerable Bede to Will Self. Crisply and wittily written: the e-book is choked with memorable and excellent element: no matter if displaying that 'salad days' comes from Antony and Cleopatra: that 'flavour of the month' originates in Forties American ice cream advertising and marketing: or perhaps that we've been 'calling a spade a spade' because the 16th century. Allen's Dictionary of English words is a part of the Penguin Reference Library and attracts on over 70 years of expertise in bringing trustworthy: valuable and transparent details to hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide – making wisdom everybody's estate.

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But the modern attempt to group all MacIvers and every form of the name of ‘Thomas’s Son’ together and to call them ‘Clans’ has no historical justification any more than the grouping of all MacArthurs, regardless of the totally different stocks from which those of the name spring. The author of Ane Accompt is clearly aware of this problem of the diverse origins of the MacArthurs, and gets round it by producing a father called Arthur who has no fewer than three sons all also called Arthur, from whom the various MacArthur families derive.

But in certain cases it could be the mother’s claim of descent that was the important one, and the differing male line had to be excused and accounted for. This is less bloodthirsty and more likely than the tale of the great feasting arranged by King Kenneth for the Pictish nobility, who each had a Scottish aristocrat standing behind them to minister to their every want. At a given signal, the Scots stepped forward and slit the throats of their unwitting guests. Since then, there have been many examples of the usurping incomer.

Malcom’s second son was Gillespig or Archibald, said by some to have been an officer in William the Conqueror’s army who came from France to Scotland and married Evah, daughter of Paul oduibhn and of the heiress of Lochawe (see below). At this point, we return to Diarmid O’Duibn’s other son. Arthur Armdhearg (‘Red-armoured’) was the father of four sons. The first was Sir Paul oduibhn, the second was Arthur Urchanach, the third Arthur Cruachan who was Tutor to his niece Evah and Depute of Lorne for the King, and the fourth was Arthur Andrairan.

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