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Martin MacGregor

, particularly if Gaelic Ireland is invoked as a point of comparison.2 In the case of the Gaelic historical tracts we find in Ireland, particularly those prose texts which date from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries, and are concerned to glorify a particular kindred, Scotland has none at all.3 In these circumstances the Scottish historian can find some 196 The genealogical histories of Gaelic Scotland consolation, not merely in the fact that many of these Irish sources contain Scottish material,4 but also in the remarkable outpouring of historical tracts in Gaelic

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