Texts

Beatha Cholaim Chille‘The life of (St) Colum Cille’

  • Early Modern Irish
  • prose, prosimetrum
  • Irish hagiography
Contributors
Maghnus Ó DomhnaillÓ Domhnaill (Maghnus)
(d. 1563)
anglicised Manus O’Donnell; chief of the Ó Domhnaill family (O’Donnells); lord of Donegal (since 1537); married to Eleanor Fitzgerald; poet and author; compiled Beatha Cholaim Chille.
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Compiled from a variety of sources by Maghnus Ó Domhnaill (anglicised Manus O'Donnell).
Language
  • Early Modern Irish
Date
first half of the 16th century
Form
prose, prosimetrum (primary)
verse (secondary)
Textual relationships

Classification

Irish hagiography

Subjects

Colum CilleColum Cille
(fl. 6th century)
Columba
founder and abbot of Iona, Kells (Cenandas) and Derry (Daire).
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Contents

§§ 1-21. Foreword

Summary:
Foreword by Maghnus Ó Domhnaill

§§ 21-52. The birth of Colum Cille

§§ 53-67. The childhood of Colum Cille

§§ 68-76. The studies of Colum Cille

§§ 77-92. Colum Cille in Doire

§§ 93-95. Colum Cille in Tír Chonaill

§§ 96-98. Colum Cille in Tethba

§§ 99-108. Colum Cille in Leinster and elsewhere

§§ 109-117. Colum Cille in Tír Chonaill and Torach

§§ 118-149. Various miracles and prophecies

§§ 118-132. Miracles and prophecies

§§ 133-140. The blessings and curses of Colum Cille

§§ 141-149. Miracles, prophecies and revelations

§§ 150-166. Colum Cille in the west of Ireland

§§ 167-201. Colum Cille's exile from Ireland

§§ 202-315. The life of Colum Cille in Iona

§§ 315-355. The assembly of Druim Cet

§§ 355-356. The voyage of Colum Cille’s clerics

§§ 356-377. Last days of Colum Cille

§§ 377-394. Colum Cille and other saints

§§ 394-433. The saint's virtues and the miracles after his death

Sources

Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] O'Kelleher, Andrew, and Gertrude Schoepperle, Betha Colaim Chille: Life of Columcille. Compiled by Manus O'Donnell in 1532. Edited and translated from manuscript Rawlinson B. 514 in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, University of Illinois Bulletin 15.48, Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois, 1918.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>
Edition based on a photograph of Rawl. B 514 “kindly lent us by Dr. Kuno Meyer”. In a footnote, it is remarked that there “is a good copy in the Franciscan Convent, Dublin” (A 8 or A 23?), but it appears not to have been consulted for this edition.
Series in Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie:
[ed.] [tr.] Henebry, Richard, “The Life of Columb Cille”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 3 (1901): 516–571.
Internet Archive: <link>
§§ 1–64
[ed.] [tr.] Henebry, Richard, “Betha Coluimb Cille (continuation)”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 4 (1903): 276–331.
Internet Archive: <link>
§§ 65–111
[ed.] [tr.] Henebry, Richard, “Betha Coluimb Cille (continuation)”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 5 (1905): 26–87.
Internet Archive: <link>
§§ 112–156
[ed.] [tr.] Kelleher, Andrew, “Betha Coluimb Chille”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 9 (1913): 242–287, 340 (corrigenda).
Internet Archive: <link>
§§ 157–203
[ed.] [tr.] Kelleher, Andrew, “Betha Coluimb Chille (continuation)”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 10 (1915): 228–265.
Internet Archive: <link>
§§ 204–232
[ed.] [tr.] Kelleher, Andrew, “Betha Coluimb Chille (continuation)”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 11 (1917): 114–147.
Internet Archive: <link>
§§ 233–261
[tr.] Lacey, Brian [ed.], The life of Colum Cille, by Manus O’Donnell, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 1998.

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Súilleabháin, Pádraig, “Beatha Cholaim Chille: an chóip atá i LS A 8”, Celtica 11 (1976): 203–213.
Kenney, James F., “Chapter V: The monastic churches: II. The churches of the sixth to ninth centuries; general treatises”, in: Kenney, James F., The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Records of Civilization: Sources and Studies 11, Revised ed. (1929), New York: Octagon, 1966. 372–485.
442 [id. 221.]
Sharpe, Richard, “Maghnus Ó Domhnaill’s source for Adomnán’s Vita S. Columbae and other vitae”, Celtica 21 (1990): 604–607.
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Dennis Groenewegen