The Gaelic Names of Plants (Scottish, Irish, and Manx): Collected and Arranged in Scientific Order, with Notes on Their Etymology, Uses, Plant Superstitions, Etc., Among the Celts, with Copious Gaelic, English, and Scientific Indices (Classic Reprint) by Senior Lecturer School of Development Studies John Cameron (Paperback / softback, 2017)
Excerpt from The Gaelic Names of Plants (Scottish, Irish, and Manx): Collected and Arranged in Scientific Order, With Notes on Their Etymology, Uses, Plant Superstitions, Etc., Among the Celts, With Copious Gaelic, English, and Scientific Indices It was absolutely essential that the existing Gaelic names should be assigned correctly. The difficulty of the ordinary botanical student was here reversed: he has the plant but cant tell the name - here the name existed, but the plant required to be found to which the name applied. Again, names had been altered from their original form by transcription and pronunciation it became a matter of difficulty to determine the root word. However, the recent progress of philology, the kwledge of the laws that govern the modifications of words in the brotherhood of European languages, when applied to these names, rendered the explanation given t altogether improbable. Celts named plants often from (i), their uses; their appearance; their habitats; their superstitious associations, &c. The kwledge of this habit of naming was the key that opened many a difficulty. For the sake of comparison a number of Welsh names is given, selected from the oldest list of names obtainable - those appended to Gerard's 'herbalist, ' r 597. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Senior Lecturer School of Development Studies John Cameron