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  •  Turlough is pronounced TUR-low (7+ / 0-)

    However, if you hear a Gaelic speaker say it, there is an accent that does not do well on a native English-speaker's tongue.

    There variations of spelling on most surnames.  Back in those days, spelling was, shall we say, rather casual.  Part of the reason was that when some document was recorded by a scribe, magistrate or priest, it was spelled phonetically, as it sounded.  Many names entered in records of those times may appear to be different  people, when it fact is was the same person.  For example, in my research for this diary, I found an astonishing number of variations on the spelling of Carolan, which has now become the "standard" spelling.

    The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

    by Otteray Scribe on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 05:39:13 PM PDT

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