as they did in Scotland during the Celtic period, the MacThois were
part of the process of developing the famous Triads.
tradition focused heavily on the number three and is reflected in
their wisdoms and sayings. Triads have been collected from all
over the island and often complied into an overview of Celtic
belief. Here are the triads of the MacThois.--ed
of the MacThois.
joys of the happy: being a servant to one passions, the praise of
tavern companions. a yeoman in the breach.
kinds of worthy people, the drunkard, the rogue, and the one who
laughs at lawless doings.
who are best when farthest off, the fulsome flatter, the barrister,
the shire reeve.
signs of a fop; track of his comb in his hair, track of his teeth in
his food, the track of his stick stuck in his behind.
things which dazzle the world, a fine flask with good drink, secrets,
and excessive love.
monstrous things in the world, a civil youth, a dignified woman and a
man with a conscience.
things which turn the world upside-down: a bad mate, bad victuals, bad
are three who are never profitable; they who marry by the counsel of
their flesh, they who feast without the counsel of their craving, they
things which are rewards in and of themselves, drinking, enjoying a
seasoned youth, the love of friends.
things unhandsome at a banquet: a skewer too short, a dry mug, and a
dish out of reach.
that do not bring on drunkenness, nakedness,
or sleep are no blessings.
things of great comfort: a mate in bed, fire in the hearth, and money
in the purse.
the Warrior is afoot, the Politician is astumping, the MacThoy is abed.
things Prudence will not show: the bottom of her purse, the bottom of
her wisdom, and the bottom of her ass.
things one ought to mount, a spirited horse, a young intrepid and a
things not to turn your back on; one wise in their own eyes, a strange
dog and a woman in her rage.