wallow - to move about heavily or clumsily

REGENT CIRCUS - When Nash built London's Regent Street, in 1816-20, the circus at the intersection with Piccadilly Street was called Regent Circus, and only later in the century did it become universally known as Piccadilly Circus + raggiante (it) - radiant + circos (l) - precious stone mentioned by Pliny.  

cabal - a small body of persons engaged in secret or private machination or intrigue; a secret + Cabal - King Arthur's dog.  

coping - Arch. The uppermost course of masonry or brickwork in a wall, usually made of a sloping form to throw off rain + København (Danish) - Copenhagen.

cavin - a hollow way or natural hollow, sufficiently capacious to hold a body of troops, and faciliate their approach to a fortress.

canine - of, belonging to, or characteristic of, a dog; having the nature or qualities of a dog.

a peu prés (fr) - almost

Atlas - high mountain in Mauretania, on which heaven was fabled to rest.

allongement (fr) - elongation in space or time

stickler - mediator, meddler

BATTERSTOWN - Town, County Meath, 15 miles North-West of Dublin. Baile an Bothair, Ir "town of the road."  


truth + Twath - boar slain by King Arthur.

Mordred on Modred - King Arthur's nephew/son, who brought down the Round Table and was killed by Arthur. 

CAMDEN STREET - The section North of the Grand Canal of the main road from Dame Street to Rathmines and Rathgan (not to Booterstown);                           CAMLAN - Somewhere in Cornwall, possibly near Camelford, site of the battle (53 AD) in which King Arthur was killed, betrayed by his nephew Modred, who also was slain.   


Otho, Marcus Salvius (32-69) - Roman emperor for three months 69 A.D. Ineffectual emperor, he commited suicide so creating a by-word for softness of character.

aiger = eager - tidal bore + eager - characterized by or manifesting alacrity or impatient desire + William Shakespeare: Hamlet I.4.2: 'a nipping and an eager air' + aigre (fr) - chill, bitter.

struggle for lifer - one who has a struggle to live; usually, one who is unscrupulous in his efforts to advance himself in the world.

wooing - alluring, enticing

divest - to unclothe

Grimshaw, Bagshaw, and Bradshaw - a farce performed at the Haymarket, 1856.

to make off with  - to decamp with (something) in one's possession


taxed - subjected to a tax

rated - subject to rates

licensed - to whom or for which a licence has been granted; provided with a licence. Now  often spec. (of a house, etc.) licensed for the sale of alcoholic liquor.

rented - possessed of property yielding a revenue or income (obs.) + rant - to use bombastic laguage + granted

stonehead - the top of the stratum of solid stone or bed-rock beneath the loose or soft superficial deposit + James Macpherson: The Poems of Ossian: Cath-loda I: 'Three stones, with heads of moss, are there'.

white horse - a mass of rock enclosed within a lode + The White Horse of Wanstead is a figure almost 400 ft long cut into the side of a chalk hill near Uffingtom, England; by tradition it originally celebrated Alfred's victory over the Danes.

print - any indentation in a surface, preserving the form left by the pressure of some body, as the print of a foot in the ground.

costellare (it) - to constellate, to spangle

miracolone (it) - big miracle + mira (it) - look + culone (it) - big arse.

monstrum (l) - monster; evil omen + uccellino (it) - little bird.

lead - to go in advance of others, take the lead in an expedition or course of action.


hiss - to make this sound as an expression of disapproval or derision.

snake charmer - an entertainer who exhibits his proffesed power to charm or fascinate venomous snakes.

hound - to hunt, chase, or pursue with hounds

haunter - one who haunts (in various senses), a frequenter

harrier - one who harries (to make predatory raids or incursions), ravages, or lays waste.

marrier - one that marries

terrier - a small, active, intelligent variety of dog, which pursues its quarry (the fox, badger, etc.) into its burrow or earth.

tamh (tav) (gael) - sleep, death + tavs (Danish) - silent + nursery rhyme Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief.

oxman - a man who tends or drives oxen

Turko the Terrible - first Christmas pantomime at Gaiety Theatre, Dublin (Ulysses.1.258)

vespasian - a public lavatory in France (from Titus Flavius Vespasianus, Roman emperor) + Vespasianus (l) - Roman emperor, A.D. 69-79, overthrew Vitellius who had overthrown Otho.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (161-180 A.D.) - Roman emperor, stoic philosopher, author of Meditations

whiggamore - Originally, One of a body of insurgents of the West of Scotland who in 1648 marched on Edinburgh, their expedition being called the 'whiggamore raid, road, or inroad'; later (contemptuous), = Whig.

traditor (l) - traitor + traditore (it) - traitor + Tory + tory (Anglo-Irish) - robber.

raglan - an overcoat without shoulder seams (after the lord Raglan, the Brittish commander in the Crimean war) + Ragnarøkr (Old Norse) - destruction of the Norse gods.

MARLBOROUGH PLACE - A mews off East side of Marlborough Street. 

cromlech - a structure of prehistoric age consisting of a large flat or flattish unhewn stone resting horizontally on three or more stones set upright.

Cromail (krumil) (gael) - English name Cromwell + Cromleach and Crommal Hill, County Antrim, in James Macpherson's "The Poems of Ossian".

farfamed - that is famed to a great distance, well known

Lubar (luber) (gael) - Convolutions; according to Macpherson, a name for the Six-Mile river, Co. Antrim.

mareschal = marshal - to arrange, place or rank in order at a feast

wardmote - a meeting of the citizens of a ward; esp. in the City of London, a meeting of the liverymen of a ward under the presidency of the alderman.

delimit - to mark or determine the limits of

main - the chief or principal part; a host of men, a (military) force

netted - caught in a net

nibble - to take little bites, to eat or feed in this fashion

turn the scale - to cause one scale of a balance to descend

gross - to become gross or great, to increase + grace


BANBA - One of the 3 queens of the Tuatha Dé Danann (according to Keating); the others were Eire and Fodhla. Sovereignty rotated annually among the 3 kings, and each year the country took the name of the ruling queens. Since Eire was queen when the Milesians arrived, they knew Ireland by her name alone. 

Beurla (Ir.) - English language

mela (it) - apple + melarancia (it) - orange (fruit).

doughty - valiant, brave, stout, formidable

granturco (it) - maize + El Gran Turco (sp) - Sultan of Turkey.

orge (fr) - barley

formento (Italian Archaic) - wheat

genial - sympathetically cheerful, jovial, kindly

sagacity - keenness and soundness of judgement in the estimation of persons and conditions.

benevolence - disposition to do good, desire to promote the happiness of others, kindness, generosity, charitable feeling (as a general state or disposition towards mankind at large).

forbear - an ancestor, forefather, progenitor (usually more remote than a grandfather).

turnpike - tollgate, a toll road, a main road

Carey, James (1845-83) - one of the Invincibles who killed Lord Frederick Cavendish and T. H. Burke in the Phoenix Park, then turned informer + quare (l) - by what means, how?

cur - a dog; a worthless, low-bred, or snappish dog + cur (l) - why?

burked (Slang) - smothered

partitioned - having partitions, divided or separated by partitions

Irsk (Danish) - Irish + holm (Danish) - islet.

to take a swing at - to deliver a punch with a sweep of the arm (boxing) + svigermoder (Danish) - mother-in-law + svig (Danish) - deceit.

Methyr - name of Isis in Plutarch + methy (gr) - wine.

gorko (Serbian) - bitter

komm (ger) - come

eile dich (ger) - hurry up

Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer - characters in Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

warden - one who guards, protects, or defends + warden (ger) - wait.