Excerpt from Page 112 of Reflections on the Society, Culture and Mythology of the Aboriginal Hibernians

…My observations have led me to conclude that the military structure of the Hibernian tribal armies is dominated by two distinct classes of warrior. The first of these are the gallowglasses, the elite troops of a Hibernian chieftain’s war-band. I could garner little information about the origins of these men, as the local populace were loth to speak of them for fear of some unspecified retribution. Indeed, my guide strictly forbade me from approaching these men myself, saying that I should do so at the forfeit of my life. By all accounts these gallowglasses strike a very imposing figure, being much larger in stature than any of the local inhabitants. Whether this be by a variance in diet, a specialised regimen of exercise, or by some chemical means I know not. What I could ascertain for a certainty was that they are mercenaries, paid by their lords in plunder from raids either within the Hibernian territories or farther afield in the domains of Albion, Cambria or Caledonia…

 

Excerpt from Page 112 of Reflections on the Society, Culture and Mythology of the Aboriginal Hibernians by Lady Florence Kingsley-Bird, 12th Baroness Pfeiffer.

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