Bo-aires of this class, to avoid the gavelling of their property, elected a tanist—the Tanaise Bo-aire.
This story must have been an after-thought, to account for what we may suppose to have been a prehistoric tanist stone.
Very often the sons refused to accept the tanist, and bloody quarrels followed.
Ultramon′tanism, ultramontane or extreme views as to the Pope's rights; Ultramon′tanist, one who holds to ultramontanism.
The "tanist" stood next to the chief, and was his successor.
To avert strife his tanist, or successor, was elected in his lifetime.
The use of the tanist Stone is, like so many other primitive customs, of Eastern origin, and traceable to a very remote era.
Other monoliths are probably the tanist Stones, where the new chief or king was elected, and sworn to protect and lead his people.
"elected heir of a Celtic chief," 1530s, from Gaelic tanaiste, literally "parallel, second," from Old Irish tanaise "designated successor," from Celtic *tani-hessio- "one who is waited for."