England, so named from the ancient inhabitants called Albiones.
The usual etymology of albus (white), said to have been given by
Julius Cæsar in allusion to the “white cliffs,” is quite untenable, as
an old Greek treatise, the De Mundo, formely ascribed to
Aristotle, mentions the islands of Albion and Ierne three hundred years
before the invasion of Cæsar. Probably “Albion” or Albany was the
Celtic name of all Great Britain, subsequently restricted to Scotland,
and then to the Highlands of Scotland. Certainly the inhabitants
of the whole island are implied in the word Albiones in Festus
Avienus's account of the voyage of Hamilcar in the fifth century B.C. (See Albin.)
“Beyond the Pillars of Hercules is the ocean which flows round the
earth, and in it are 2 very large islands called Britannia, viz.,
Albion and Ierne.” —De Mundo, Sec. iii.
Son of the king of this island when Oberon held his court in
what we call Kensington Gardens. He was stolen by the elfin Milkah, and
brought up in fairyland. When nineteen years of age, he fell in love
with Kenna, daughter of King Oberon, but was driven from the empire by
the indignant monarch. Albion invaded the territory, but was slain in
the battle. When Kenna knew this, she poured the juice of moly over the
dead body, and it changed into a snow-drop. —T. Tickell.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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