John Davies wrote a number of papers on the Celtic element of the English people that were published in the latter part of the nineteenth century in the pages of Archaeologia Cambrensis, viz:
The Celtic Element of the English People, fourth series vol.x, 1879, part I Historical, vol.xi, 1880, part II The philological argument.
The Celtic Element in the Lancashire Dialect, fourth series vol,xiii, 1882, and vol.xiv, 1883.
The Celtic Element in the Dialects of the Counties adjoining Lancashire, fifth series, vol.ii, 1885.
The Celtic Element in the Dialect Words of the Counties of Northampton and Leicester, fifth series, vol.ii, 1885.
The above papers have been brought together in book form and are here published as facsimilies of the original. Davies's findings indicated that the original population of many counties had not been pushed westwards or displaced by the arrival of the Angles and Saxons, but that a new language had been imposed on them. Llanerch are now bringing out this reprint because of the renewed interest in the subject created by D.N.A. studies of populations.
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