26 Their interlocking arms may be intended to recall the ‘Trinity knots’ that the first Protestant Bishop of Durham, James Pilkington, had identified as objects of superstition. See
Works of James Pilkington, ed. Scholefield, 80. But I have been unable to establish the
history of this icon, which is today associated with the Irish – whether in reference to
Celtic paganism, or to IrishCatholicism (or both), I do not know.
27 Cf. John 3:5: nisi quis renatus fuerit ex aqua et Spiritu non potest introire in regnum Dei
(‘except that a man be borne of water