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It bears an Ogam inscription on two angles of the same face, and debased Roman characters on the front and back.In Search Of Gravestones Old And Curious|W.T. (William Thomas) Vincent
The language of the Ogam inscriptions is very ancient and nearly the same forms occur as in what we know of Old Gaulish.
Ogam is an alphabet suitable enough for chiselling upon stones, but too cumbrous for the purposes of literature.
It may, however, be regarded as certain that the Ogam script was never employed in early times for literary purposes.
And he wrote these quatrains in Ogam, and then bade them farewell.The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries|W. Y. Evans Wentz
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Word Origin and History for ogam
also ogam, ancient Irish form of writing, 1620s, from Irish ogham, from Old Irish ogam, said to be from name of its inventor, Ogma Mac Eladan. But this appears to be from Celt. *Ogmios, perhaps from PIE *og-mo- "furrow, track," thus metaphorically "incised line." This could be the source of the name of the writing style, which looks like a series of cuts or incised lines, and the inventor's name thus might be folk etymology. Related: Oghamic.