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  • n. Alternative form of cantref.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A district comprising a hundred villages, as in Wales.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Wales, a division of country; a hundred.


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  • According to the old record in the black book of Dublin, a cantred is said to contain 30 villatas terras, which are also called quarters of land (quarterons, cartrons); every one of which quarters must contain so much ground as will pasture 400 cows, and 17 plough-lands.

    Castle Rackrent: An Hibernian Tale

  • Three maidens once dwelt in a castle in that part of the Isle of Weeping known as the cantred of Devorgilla, Devorgilla of the Green Hill Slopes; and they were baptized according to druidical rites as Sheela the

    Penelope's Irish Experiences

  • I have put a reckoning [Marginal gloss: 'This is one of the three severest and most difficult reckonings made in Ireland; i.e. Cuchulainn's reckoning of the men of Ireland on the _Tain_; and ug's reckoning of the Fomorian hosts at the battle of Mag Tured; and Ingcel's reckoning of the hosts at the Bruiden Da Derga.'] on this, 'said he;' there are eighteen cantreds, 'said he,' for their number; only that the eighteenth cantred is distributed among all the host, so that their number is not clear; that is, the cantred of the Leinstermen. '

    Táin Bó Cúalnge. English

  • "The number of our force is seventeen cantreds, besides our rabble and our women-folk -- for with each king was his queen in Medb's company -- and our striplings; the eighteenth division is namely the cantred of the Galian. [

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge

  • The dog-chain is taken off the ban-dog, and he makes a swift round of the cantred.

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge

  • Forthwith Fergus distributed the cantred [6] of the Galian [6] among the men of Erin in such wise that there were not five men of them in any one place.

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge

  • Another of the magic virtues of the Brown Bull of Cualnge was that no goblin nor boggart nor sprite of the glen dared come into one and the same cantred with him.

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge

  • Darè: chieftain of the cantred of Cualnge and owner of the Brown Bull of

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge

  • It was music enough and delight for a man in the north and in the south, [1] in the east and the west, [1] and in the middle of the cantred of

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge

  • Then spake Conchobar, "Let the dûn be opened for the ban-dog, that he may guard the cantred."

    The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge


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