* To the end of the Description of Ireland. WHEN the Press had got * thus far, the Right honourable William Lord Howard of Naworth, out of his great Zeal for promoting the Knowledge of Antiquity, communicated to me the Annals of Ireland in Manuscript, from the Year 1152. to the Year 1370. And seeing there is nothing extant, that I know of, that is more perfect in the kind, since Giraldus Cambrensis; seeing also that the excellent Owner has given me leave; I think it very proper to publish them. The World is, without doubt, as much indebted to the noble Owner for preserving them, as to the Author for writing them. The Stile is rough and barren, according to the Age it was written in; yet the Contents give great Light into the Irish History, and would have been helpful to me, if they had come to my hands sooner. As they are, I here present them to the Reader, faithfully copy’d from the Original, even with the Errors. If he has any thing of this nature more perfect, he will be so kind to communicate it; if not, he must be content with this, till some one or other will give us a more compleat account of these Affairs, and continue it to the present Time with greater elegance; a Work that would not cost very much pains.
† See the Degrees of England, p.ccxlvii. [Note, In this Edition, the word † Dominus, which in the former was for the most part translated Sir, is now translated Lord; most of the persons to whom that title is given, having been probably either of the greater Nobility, or of the lesser sort of Barons or Lords; and not Knights. Therefore the word Sir is not prefix’d to any name as the translation of the Latin Dominus; but only where the person is expresly said to have been a Knight.]
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