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kerns and gallowglasses (1.2.16)
Terms for Celtic soldiers.
Kerns were Irish or Scottish light-armed foot soldiers. A kern would carry a shield of wood and either a sword or bow and arrow.
The gallowglass were mercenary armored warriors who served primarily as bodyguards to Celtic chieftains. They were hand-picked for their strength and massive size, and they would usually carry a battle axe or a halberd (an axe on long pole).
Gallowglass comes from the Gaelic galloglach (gall = foreigner + oglach = soldier).
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