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copied on stone from originals now lost, but found in other places; and many are said to have been altered according to his fancy, with a singular conceit. He has given, of his own composition, three inscriptions cut l'antique, which stand with the others.
The first is historical, and settles the time in which the Romans had a station here; then gives the time in which it suffered the ravages of the Scots; after that commemorates a scourge of the pestilence, and finally the removal of the market to Gilshaughline. The last was occasioned by the plague, of which a hundred and twenty died in the town and parish.
The next inscription is in memory of the founders of the school; and the third is a tribute he pays to his own -

"ABALLABA QVAM CC.
"FLVIT ITVNA. STATIO FVIT
"RO. TEMP. MAVR. AREL.
"HANC VASTAVIT. F. F.
"GVIL. R. SCOT. 1176.
"HIC PESTIS SAEVIT 1598
"OPP. DESERT MERCAT
"AS GILSHAVGLINE.
"DEVM TIME."

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