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U, ur, the yew-tree. The number five; uiseog, the skylark;usgdha, resin-coloured; the summer solstice.UACOMAGI, VACOMAGI. One of the early Scottish Gaelictribes. “Men of the open plains.” They occupied the GrampianMountains in the vicinity of Speyside and East Perthshire.Evidently (a) Celtic (word) but of unknown meaning.” Magiis the OIr. mag, great. potent, maglos, a chief. Watsoncapares Uacos with the Gaullish god Esus who is the GaelicAod.UADH-BHEIST, UATH-BHEIST, uadh, a prefix signifying dread;dread, horrible, foul beast, a monster. Particularly, afabulous species. See uath.UADH-CHRITH, terror, dread shaking, to quiver at the sightof horror.UAGHACH, full of graves, a place of caverns, terror, dread.See next entry.UAIG, UAIGH, UAGH, a grave, MIr. uag, allied with Goth. augo,Eng. eye Cf. uaigneach, secret, lonesome, relating to uath,lonesome, single, by oneself, ON. authr, empty, Goth. auths,a waste, a desert. In an article for Oceans” magazineNorman D, Rosenberg has identified the earliest settlers onthe northern islands of Europe as “neolithic farmers andherdsmen” from the eastern Mediterranean forced fromtheir lands by their own poor husbandry and soil practises.His contention that they were led to their voyage by thevoice of a priestess, following the advice of a mother-
 
goddess, seems speculative, but the idea that they went tothe forest and created “water-tight and resilient” wooden-hulled ships “with stone axes and awls,” has got to bewrong. The making of seaworthy ships is not a merely amatter of a desire for survival.Truthfully, no one knows who first came to theHebrides and what matters drove, or pulled them there. Theislanders of historic times have characterized themselvesas A race of fishermen who do some farming.ConsideringRosenbergs assessment of the Hebrides as a treelessarchipelago amidst flagstones and heather, it is hard topicture it as the paradise of any group of agriculturistseven in the warmer climate of the distant past. Further, thelong trip along the shores of the Mediterranean, aroundSpain and through the long reaches of the English Channeland the North Sea would have been more fraught withdangerous possibilities than any ocean-crossing. It seemsmore likely that the islands were populated from nearbyPentalande, the place of the Picts and later the Scots. Itwas probably approached by sea-men, and possibly some ofthem were ultimately from the mysterious west.They did leave impressive passage graves, the bestknown being Maes Howe (pronounced hoo) on Mainland, thelargest of the Orkney Islands. It is supposed to have beenerected in 2400 B.C. which makes it a pre-Tuathan structureof Neolithic time. Consisting of stone slabs, weighing asmuch as three tons, and measuring as much as 18 feet inlength it is an undeniable masterwork of dry-masonry, putup by folk who were contemporaries of the Firbolgs and theFomors. The whole place is currently hidden beneath a 24foot high grass mound which is about 115 feet at itsgreatest width. This underground place was not built forgiants as the 36-foot entryway is never more than 4 to 5feet in height. At the end of this cramped passageway thereis a 15 foot square room, with wall niches assumed to haveonce held the bones of the dead.The people who came here may have been devoted to an
 
earth goddess as Rosenberg has suggested, but the entranceshaft is aligned for penetration by the sun at mid-winterand mid-summer and these were the times when Lughferried men to the west, or to the east, in his solar wind-ship. North of this location there are other stones thoughtaligned to the movements of the sun and the moon. Similarsouterrains “are found all over Ireland.”In Scotland where they are termed “earth-houses”or”weems” (from umah, a cave) and as “wags” (from uaigh,a grave or vault). One of these at Jarlshof, Shetland, hasbeen dated to the Early Iron Age, but others in Scotland haveincorporated Roman rubble into their walls. In Cornwallthey are termed fogous, and here most are of the early IronAge. They are even found in Iceland, where they exist asrock-cut tunnels. There is an early Iron Age example inJutland, otherwise they are not known on the continentexcepting the somewhat similar souterrain-refuges ofFrance. Obviously, not all of these structures were createdby the retreating Daoine sidh, but many are early enough tohave seen use by these bronze-age peoples. See next.UAIGEALTA, weird. eerie, lonesome. And see next.UAIMH, UAIGH, a cavern in the earth, a den; MIr. uaim; OIr.huam, similar to the English wame or weem, which areother forms of womb. The lowland form is consistentlyapplied to the caves of Fifeshire, where there are alsofamilies bearing the name Wemyss. The name is applied toearth-houses and is the equivalent of the Irish brugh, "thetumuli found on the Boyne and elsewhere." It is also used toidentify "the fairy dwellings in the Hebrides." (CelticMonthly, 1902, p. 89).UAIL, wail, howl, funeral lament.UAINE, (ua-niu), green, pallid, livid, pale, death-like, at theedge of death. The “green sickness’ described as adebilitating menstrual flow in women. Uaineach, tedious.The colour especially reserved to the Daoine sidh and never

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