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  • ID: I08917
  • Name: Míl Espáine
  • Sex: M
  • Death: in Iberia
  • Note:
    GALLAMH (or MILESIUS) who when a youth visited Scythia and was well receiv ed by King Riffleoir who gave him his daughter in marriage and appointed h im general of his forces. He defeated the King's enemies and gained much f ame and the love of the King's subjects. Learning of the King's jealousy a nd of his intention to dispatch him out of the way, Milesius slew him a nd retired into Egypt with a fleet of sixty sail. Pharoah Nectonibus, th en King of Egypt, made him general of his forces against the King of Ethio pia who was then invading his country. Milesius was victorious and found f avor with Pharoah who gave him, being then a widower, his daughter, the Pr incess Scota, in marriage. During eight years' sojourn in Egypt he was in structed in several trades, arts, and sciences in order to teach them to t he rest of his people on his return to Spain where he was received with gr eat joy. In 54 battles he destroyed and totally exterminated the foreign i nvaders and rebellious natives. In his reign a great famine occurred in Sp ain of 26 years' continuance, and, believing it a punishment for neg lecting to seek out the country destined for his people, he sent his unc le Ithe to that part of the island (Ireland) now called Munster. Ithe's fo rces were routed and he was killed at Magh Ithe, "the plains of Ithe", whe nce his son brought his mangled body back into Spain and exposed it to pub lic view to incite the people to avenge his murder. Milesius died soon aft er, but his eight sons sailed to Ireland where they routed and slew the th ree kings and destroyed their army. Heber and Heremon, two of his sons, di vided the kingdoms and became the first of 183 sole monarchs of the Gaeli c, Milesian and Scottish race that ruled and governed Ireland successive ly over 2,000 years, from A.M. 3500 to the time of their submission to Ki ng Henry II of England. This invasion of Ireland by the forces of Milesi us took place the next year after Solomon began the foundation of the Tem ple of Jerusalem. As Pharoah gave his daughter in marriage to Solom on (I Kings iii, 1), and Milesius was contemporary with Solomon, we may in fer that it was the same Pharoah who gave his daughter, Princess Scot a, in marriage to Milesius.
    (Henry Duke Councilor His Descendants and Connections, page 381-382)

    In Irish mythology Míl Espáine (Latin Miles Hispaniae, "Soldier of Hispani a"; later pseudo-Latinised as Milesius; also Miled) is the ancestor of t he final inhabitants of Ireland, the "sons of Míl" or Milesians, who repre sent the Goidelic Celts.

    His given name was Golam or Galamh. He served as a soldier in Scythia a nd Egypt, before remembering a prophesy that his descendants would rule Ir eland. He set off to the west, getting as far as Iberia (the Roman Hispani a) where he fought several battles before dying, never seeing Ireland hims elf.

    His wife Scota and his uncle Íth, who had spied Ireland from a tower, sail ed to Ireland where Íth was killed by the Tuatha Dé Danann. When his bo dy was brought back to Iberia, Míl's eight sons and Íth's nine brothers in vaded Ireland and defeated the Tuatha Dé Danann.

    He figures prominently in the genealogies of John O'Hart being the comm on ancestor of all the Irish.

    According to Seumas MacManus in his book The Story of the Irish Race, Mile sius was the leader of a people descended from Niul, grandson of Gaodhal G las. Moses is the one who gave Gaodhal the prophecy that one day his desce ndants would live on a happy western island free of serpents. And it was N iul who lived in Egypt, having come there from Scythia, and was driven o ut by an unjust Pharaoh. After long wanderings through succeeding ages, t he descendants of Niul reached the Iberian Peninsula.

    Milesius died in Iberia before he could reach the Isle of Destiny. His wi fe Scota went to Ireland with their eight sons. Due to some terrible stor ms (attributed to the magic of the De Danann who already lived in Irelan d) most of Milesius' sons died when they tried to land.

    Father: Bille mac Briggan

    Marriage 1 *Scota of Egypt
      1. Has Children *Erimon macMíl Espáine
      2. Has No Children Éber Donn
      3. Has Children *Eber Finn
      4. Has Children *Ir macMíl Espáine
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