Archibald—This name, which is used as a Christian name in Scotland and amongst the descendants of the Scottish settlers in Ulster, is the equivalent of Gille-Easbuig, to which name it has no apparent connection, and how it came to be adopted for Gille-Easbuig (Gillespie) seems to be somewhat mystifying to those with a knowledge of the Gaelic language and literature; to them the name Archibald Gillespie appears curious, in place of Gillespie Mac Gillespie (Mac Giolla-Easbuig).
Alphabetical Index of Surnames
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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