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Sean"na*chie\, SHAWN-NA-KEE, n. [Gaelic: seanachaidh.] In ancient Scotland a seannachie was the servant of the chief who preserved and repeated the legends, lore, traditions and facts attributable to the tribe or clan, and one who maintained the genealogies of the families. With him resided the complete history of the clan. He was so respected that during battle, even the opposing warriors would pass their swords over his head. Killing a seannachie from another clan was considered taboo, although it did happen from time to time.