In Greek mythology Albion was a sea-god, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite. He established himself on a remote island whose pagan inhabitants revered him as a god. Albion taught the islanders ship building and astrology, and the islanders soon began to excel at these skills. His kingdom became known as Albion established on the island we know today as Britain.

Albion was stoned to death on the banks of the river Rhine in a battle with Hercules.

Incidentally, there was also a Roman governor of Britain (193 -197 ad), Decimus Clodius Albinus. A Phoenican he was killed in Lyons in the civil wars caused by the death of the Roman emperor Pertinax.

Al"bi*on (#), n. [Prob. from the same root as Gael. alp a height or hill. "It may have been bestowed on the land lying behind the white cliffs visible from the coast of Gaul. Albany, the old name of Scotland, means probably the "hilly land." I. Taylor.]

An ancient name of England, still retained in poetry.

In that nook-shotten isle of Albion. Shak.


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