IN THIS EDITION we have inserted all the Genealogies contained in the Third Edition of Irish Pedigrees, as well as those given in our Irish Landed Gentry when Cromwell came to Ireland; and, wherever we could do so, we have given a description of the Armorial Bearings  of each family whose genealogy we have traced.
From the large quantity of additional matter collected therefor, this Edition became so voluminous, that it had to be divided into two Volumes.
In this Vol. we give the “Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation,” and, so far as we could collect them, the genealogies of the families which branched from that ancient stem; together with the territories possessed by the ancient Irish families in the twelfth century; a Chapter on the “English Invasion,” and another on the “Cromwellian Devastation,” of Ireland.
In Vol. II. we give the “Families in Ireland from the twelfth to the end of the sixteenth century,” with the counties in which they, respectively, were located; the Names of the Settlers in Ireland under the “Plantation of Ulster;” the Names of the Adventurers who came into Ireland with the Cromwellian Settlement, or with the Revolution; the Names of the Huguenot and Palatine families which settled in Ireland; the “Most important families in Ireland, and the counties in which they were located, at the beginning of the seventeenth century;” the Genealogies of Anglo-Irish and other families which settled in Ireland since the English invasion; the Irish Brigades in the service of foreign nations; the papers contained in the Appendix to the Third Edition of our Irish Pedigrees, and in the Appendix to our Irish Landed Gentry; the “Opinions of the Press,” from Newspapers and Periodicals in the Old and New World, etc.
ALTHOUGH the title of this work indicates that Irish people discovered America previous to the ninth century, I will not attempt to show at what particular time that event took place. In such works as have come under my notice, relating to the early discoveries of America, I find no positive evidence that the Irish people ever discovered America in the sense in which the term is used, as applied to newly found lands.
I believe, however, that a perusal of the following pages will leave little doubt in peoples’ minds that a Celtic race once inhabited almost the entire .Western Hemisphere, and that a large part of the North American Continent was known to the Northmen by the name of Great Ireland. Whether these Celts originally came from Ireland, or the people of Ireland from America, no one can say with absolute certainty.
Some historians inform us that little was known of Ireland by the ancients, and that no definite accounts of that island were obtained until the time of the invasion of Britain by the Romans. It is probable that Ireland knew far more of the ancients than they knew of Ireland. According to the map of Ptolemy, the central portion of Ireland was inhabited in his day by the Scoti in the north by the Robogdii; the east by the Dania, Eblanii, Cauci Menapii and Coriundi: the south by the Brigantes, Vodii and Iberni; the west by the Luceni, Velaborii, Cangani, Autcri, Magnatæ and Haudinii,
In offering these pages to the public I am in accord with a sentiment which is universal, at least I believe among enlightened minds, and that is the desire to know the truth of history instead of the fiction which has been substituted therefor. In these pages I have drawn aside the veil with which true history has been hidden, besides disclosing what agencies perpetrated this great deception and their reasons for so doing; thereby I enable the reader to obtain a clear perspective of the past.
The Muse of History has had no official chronicler to record the events of mankind and preserve them intact for the inspection of posterity. Instead, the field has been preempted and exploited by powerful and selfish interests who have falsified history to an outrageous extent. During a former age a system of records and a chronicle of events came down to us until a comparatively recent time, historically speaking, which gave a true account and a just portrayal of life in those ancient times. The reason for this was that it was the natural and obvious result of a static or settled state of society which lasted for thousands of years, and there was no object or purpose in concealment. During those ages the intellectual powers had full play, and the individual man reached a higher plane poetically, philosophically and spiritually than at other period in the World’s history. This may be rightly called the Celtic Cultural Age. To this age we look back as the source from which we obtained the great gifts which we of today esteem as of the most priceless value to mankind.
The causes inherent in man and society which brought about a change from this ancient social state, resulting in the suppression of the history of those times and substitution therefor of a mass of fiction, are told the first time in these pages. I might easily have enlarged this little volume; in fact it was with difficulty that I was enabled to keep it within its present compressed form. To enlarge upon or to extend some of the topics treated herein, such as the Bible, would require a very large volume or series of volumes in themselves.
However, I hope that I have given out enough of truth in this work to interest or to help everyone into whose hands it may come. Believing this to be so, I send it forth to go from man to man like a messenger to deliver its message of Light and Truth.
INTRODUCTION It is said that truth is often stranger than fiction. Such is the case with the life and mission of the prophet Jeremiah and his connection with Ireland’s ancient past. After the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. the Bible tells us how Jeremiah fled with the Kings daughters and a remnant of Judah into the land of Egypt. But did Jeremiah perish in Egypt along with this royal party or was the Davidic dynasty down planted elsewhere? Irish legendary history contains a striking Incident which tells of the arrival in Ulster of an elderly prophet, accompanied by his scribe and an Eastern princess. This fascinating story not only connects the history of Ireland, Scotland and England, but offers an astonishing revelation In regards to the “Ten Lost Tribes” of Israel and the Davidic Throne that reigns over them.
In the days when King David reigned over the 12 tribes of Israel the Lord spoke to David through the prophet Nathan and said:‑
11 Samuel 7:10; “I will appoint a place far my people Israel and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more.”