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Book of Ballymore

Book of Ballymore
 
From where do the figures and namesakes in the explanation of the B, L and N Ogham? From the branches and limbs of the Oak: they formed ideas which they expressed through sounds. So as the stalk of the bush is its noblest part, from them they formed the seven chief figures as vowels: A, O, U, E, I, OI,.... and they formed three others which they added to these as helpers, formed on different sides of the line like this: UI IE AE,... The branches of the wood give figures for the branches and veins of ogham, chief of all. The tribe of B from the Birch and the daughter, that is the Ash of the wood, is chief. Of them the first alphabet was formed; of L from Luis, the quicken tree of the wood. F from Fearn, the Alder, good for shields. S for sail; a Willow from the wood. N for Nin, the Ash for spears. H from Huath, Whitethorn, a crooked tree or bush because of her thorns. D from Dur, the Oak of Fate. T from Tine, Cypress or from the Elder tree. C from Col, the Hazel of the wood. Q for Quert, Apple, Aspen and Mountain Ash. M from Mediu, the Vine branching finely. G from Gort, Ivy towering. NG from Ngetal or Gilcach, a reed: ST or Z from Draighean, Blackthorn. R Griaf. A from Ailm, Fir. O from On, the Broom or Furze. U from Up Heath. E from Edadh, Tembling Aspen. I from Ida or Ioda, the Yew Tree, EA from Eabhadh, the Aspen. OI Oir the spindle tree. UI, Uinnlleann, Honeysuckle. IO Ifinn, the gooseberry. Ae Amancholl, the Witch Hazel; Pine Ogham, that is the divine pine from the wood, from where the 4 Ifins are taken."
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