There is an Irish tradition that the Druids first set foot in Ireland seven hundred years before the time of St. Patrick, or about B.C. 270. Certainly, it would appear from the evidence that the Druids settled at a date much earlier than they did in Britain. Connor is said to have been the name of the King of Ireland who was reigning at the time of the Crucifixion. Surprised, the legend runs, at the dreadful and super- normal eclipse which then took place, he consulted Bachrach, an eminent Druid of Leinster, for the purpose of ascertaining the meaning of the wonderful event. The Druid replied that a barbarous murder had that day been committed b)' the Jews, who had killed a divine and innocent person. The king immediately drew his sword, went to an adjacent grove, and, distracted almost to madness, hacked and cut away at the trees, protesting that if he were in the country of the Jews where this holy person had been executed, he would be avenged upon the murderers and chop them to pieces as he had done the trees. It is related that this Druid, Bachrach, prophesied to the people of Leinster that a most holy person should be born in a wonderful manner and be barbarously murdered by the great council of his own nation, notwithstanding his design of coming into the world for the happiness and salvation of the whole earth, and to redeem its inhabitants from the delusions and tyranny of infernal demons which had the power to torture them with insupportable pains in a future state. In this connection also it must be remembered that there is a legend to the effect that the Cup of the Holy Graal was a Druidic vase used in the most sacred rites. The Druids of Britain are said to have been mysteriously warned of the Passion of Jesus, as a result of which they sent the vase to Jerusalem, where it was used at the Last Supper. After the Crucifixion, it was entrusted to the care of Joseph of Arimathea, who conveyed it back to Britain, with which country he traded for tin, and whither, according to another legend among Cornish tin-workers, St. Joseph brought Jesus himself as a boy.