Definition Of sept

noun

a clan, originally one in Ireland.

Divided as they were into tribes, septs , and clans and penetrated by family feuds they had little central organization but in times of crisis rallied under a war leader.

Example Of sept

  • ‘In Ireland, Scotland and Wales,’ he goes on, ‘we have the clan system with a small group of names and a wide spectrum of septs .’

  • Centred in Dorset but also occupying the southern parts of Wiltshire and Somerset, the Durotriges seem to have been a loosely knit confederation of small tribal groups or septs at the time of the Roman conquest.

  • Divided as they were into tribes, septs , and clans and penetrated by family feuds they had little central organization but in times of crisis rallied under a war leader.

  • For eight centuries before that, the family a sept of Ui Fiachra were a great maritime power and ruled the seas along the Western Atlantic.

  • He was reputed to have been a direct descendant of the O'Kellys of Gallen, one of the seven septs of ancient Laois.


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