Tradition and popular belief associate them with the Druids.
That was the way the great Columba scored off the Druids and Picts.
It is no easy matter to point out the first rise and ages of the Druids.
The Druids were priests of the Celts centuries before Christ came.
As late as the fifth century the Druids kept their skill in fortune-telling.
The sacred tree of the Druids was the oak; that of the Teutonic priests the ash.
It was done as the druids and the Chief of the Hundred Valleys had ordered.
The Welsh recognise in them, souls of Druids doomed to penance.
The druids were the physicians of those 10 times as well as the priests.
But of these two orders, one is that of the Druids, the other that of the knights.