The Scottish Gaël; being an historical and descriptive account of the inhabitants, antiquities, and national peculiarities of Scotland: more ... country, where the singular habits Volume 1

 
9781236877116: The Scottish Gaël; being an historical and descriptive account of the inhabitants, antiquities, and national peculiarities of Scotland: more ... country, where the singular habits Volume 1

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...principle. Each company had two captains, two lieutenants, and two ensigns, and the front ranks were composed of gentlemen who were all provided with targets, and were otherwise better armed than the rear. In the day of battle, each company furnished two of their best men as a guard to the chief, and in their choice, consanguinity was always considered. The chief was posted in the centre of the column, beside the colours, and he stood between two brothers, cousins-german, or other relations. The common men were also disposed with regard to their relatives, the father, the son, and the brother standing beside each other. The effect which this "order of nature"' must have had in stimulating the combatants to deeds of heroism, can be easily perceived. It did not escape the notice of the intelligent Tacitus.. Alluding to the practice among the Celtic' tribes of the Continent, and the inhabitants of the British Isles, who always fought in parties, or by clans, under the command of Home's Hist. of the Rebellion, 1745, &c. 180 EXCELLENCE or CLANSHIP their immediate chiefs, he says, that this disunion, preventing any general confederacy, was highly favourable to the Romans, who were thereby enabled to subdue " a warlike people, independent, fierce, and obstinate?" We, however, find that it did not always prevent a general coalition, as was so strikingly evinced on the invasion of Gaul, and on the advance of Agricola into the regions of Caledonia. Caesar, who was surely a competent judge in this matter, thought his troops fought to much disadvantage against these parties, who stood with firmness, and were constantly relieved by fresh men. Tacitus himself, in his Annals, expresses his decided approbation...

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