The Sons of Míl

The sons of Míl took Ireland.

Míl, son of Bile, was their father. There were four sons of Míl, viz. ír and Éber and éremón and Donn, and .... was the fifth. This, moreover, is recounted in the Invasion of Ireland: it was at the end of twenty-seven years after the death of ...., son of Lardonathat the sons of Míl of Spain, son of Bile son of Bríge son of ném son of Da Thó son of Bregant son of Brath, etc. to Adam, came from Scythia. Míl, son of Bile, then sets out from Scythia into exile after slaying Reflóir, son of Némi, in contending for sovereignty, with four ships on a sea-expedition, and in each ship fifteen married couples as well as an unmarried mercenary soldier. They remained three months in Taprobane Island. Another three months at sea until they reached Pharaoh, king of Egypt, .... there. They remained seven years with Pharaoh in Egypt .... they practised their various arts and various actions. Scotta, Pharaoh's daughter, married Míl, son of Bile, in the eighth year. Pharaoh was drowned subsequently with his host in the Red Sea. When he [Míl] and his people find out that, they set out by sea with the same number and Scotta, Pharaoh's daughter, in addition, as they landed in Taprobane Island. They remained a month in it. They voyaged after that around Scythia to the entrance of the Caspian Sea. they anchored twenty-seven days in the Caspian Sea by reason of the singing of the mermaids until Caicher the druid, delivered them. They rowed after that past the promontory of the Rhiphaen Mountain, coming from the north, until they landed in Dacia. they remained a month there. Caicher the druid, said to them: Until we reach Ireland we shall not halt. They then rowed past Gothia and past Germania to Bregantia and they landed in Spain. They found it uninhabited on their arrival. They remained there, dwelling in it for thirty years, and it was from it 'Míl of Spain' was named; and there the two sons of Míl, viz. Éremón and Ír, were born. And they are the two youngest. The two eldest, however, are Donn and Éber. They were born in the East, viz. Donn in Scythia and Éber in Egypt. A Pestilence lasting one day, came upon them in Spain and twelve of their married couples, in addition to their three kings, viz. Míl, Uice, and Occe, died. Forty-eight married couples and four mercenary soldiers set out after that with the sons of Míl and scotta, Pharaoh's daughter, over sea to Ireland. A great storm arose (against them) and parted the ship in which Donn .... was [from the others]. He and the crew of his ship were drowned at the sand-dunes in the western sea, hence the name Tech Duinn. The sons of Míl divided Ireland between them after that, as the historians relate.


This was taken from the Annals of Innishfallen