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THE British isles; Wherein are seated the KINGDOMS OF
England, Scotland, and Ireland; WITH Several smaller
ISLES thereunto belonging.
The original Names of this Isle.
THese Isles under one Appellative represent a Body desected
into divers parts; in which are conteined greater, and
lesser Quantities. Viz. ALBION, derived from the name of
Neptunes Son. Festus grounds it upon the Greek word
[ ], signifying white, from whence the Alps received
their original, being a place environed with white Rocks:
For this very cause 'tis to be imagined Britain was
pourtraied (on the coyned money of Antonius Pius) sitting on white Rocks in a feminine dress. In like manner the Greeks
most aptly called it [ ], The white Land.
Britain subject to divers names.
This Britain we find subject to divers Denominations.
Beronius is of opinion, it was called Samothea, from
Samothes brother to Gomer and Tuball, the sixth son of
Japhet, the son of Noah, who stept into this Isle about 250
years after the Deluge; and about 312 years after came in
the Albion, as above recited. Some earnestly argue for it to
be [ ], viz. happy, and that is most proper, it being such
a goodly, pleasant, fruitfull, and happy place to inhabit
in. This Albion rested 608 years, until Brutus, alias
Brytus Julius, appearance in the year of the worlds
Creation 2828, / who
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