No Irish Need Apply

10 Jun

An article has been posted on the International MacCarthy Clan Foundation web site regarding Courtesy Recognition of the Gaelic Royal houses.  The full article and letters are here.

I find the Queen’s official response rather…curious to say the least. Especially in light of her own heritage.  I leave the following historical quotes to provide the background and context of her heritage (emphasis mine throughout), these footnotes speak for themselves:

‘There is a double cause why I should be careful of the welfare of that people,’ said King James I. to the agents from the Irish at Whitehall, in April, 1614, ‘first, as King of England, by reason of the long possession the crown of England hath had in that land; and also as King of Scotland; for the ancient kings of Scotland are descended from the kings of Ireland; so as I have an old title as King of Scotland, therefore you shall not doubt to be relieved when you complain, so as you will proceed without clamour.’ — Macariae Excidium, pp. 31–295. Dublin, 1850. See, also, what O’Flaherty has written on this point, with reference to King James I.’s grandson, King James II.; and what Dr. Kennedy has written on the same point with reference to King James II.’s son, Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, called the Pretender. From the Stuarts, in the female line, her present Majesty derives her title to the thrones of Great Britain and Ireland, and through the Stuarts, consequently, from the older royalty of the Milesian monarchs of Ireland—the most ancient in Western Europe. Source, FootNote 96.

Seat of stone.—This was the Lia Fáil, which is said to have been brought into Ireland by the Tuatha de Dananns. The writers alluded to by our author, who had asserted that this stone had been carried to Ireland by the Gaedhil or Scoti, were John Fordun, and Hector Boetius. After the conquest of the Tuatha de Dananns, this stone was possessed by the Scoti or Milesians, in whose possession it remained so long, that it was believed to have become so closely connected with their destiny that in whatever country it should be kept, no other but a king of the Scotic race could reign. See Keating, Hal. ed., pp. 117, 199, 201, 202; also Petrie’s Antiquities of Tara Hill, pp. 161, 162, where it is shown that this stone is still at Tara, though the general belief was, that it had been removed from Tara to Scotland, in the sixth century, by Fergus Mac Eirc, and carried from the Abbey of Scone, in Scotland, to Westminster, in England, by Edward I. Keating firmly believed that the prediction respecting this stone was fulfilled in his own time, ‘in our present King Charles and his father James, whose descent is of the Scotic race, namely, from Maine, son of Corc, son of Lughaidh, of the race of Heber, son of Milesius, who were crowned kings of England upon this stone.’—p. 201. Source, FootNote 39

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