These singular dwellings are called by the modern Irish clochans; in ancient times they were known as car- cair, a word identical with Latin word for prison, carcer. ( The Living Age By Eliakim Littell) and its present day common word of usage 'incarcerate.' Merton quoted it in a poem attributed to St. Columba as a hermit's solitary cell.
Feb 22, 2011
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