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From: Manus <>
Subject: Definition of phrase "mensal lands"
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 1998 01:08:24 EST
I am looking for some positive definitive meaning of the phrase "mensal
lands". I understand that "mensal" relates to "the table". And in conjuction
with the word "lands" its meaning (to me) relates to those lands set aside for
producing food/meat/drink for personal use.
The reference is in an older text in Irish Gaelic and was translated using the
phrase. The reference was to land set aside for a particular chieftain and
his use. But I don't want to assume the meaning (which seems to be obvious)
without know if there are any more meanings (subtle, subjective, or otherwise)
that are attached to the phrase.
Since the text translation comes from Ireland in the early 1900's maybe
someone from that area or in the U.K. could answer for me?
Much thanks for any input!