Manuscripts

Belfast, Queen's University Library, MS 1/153

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MacAdam’s Irish-English dictionary
  • English, Irish
  • 1842 x 1856
  • Irish manuscripts
  • paper

Paper manuscript compiled for Robert Shipboy MacAdam in the middle of the 19th century, containing a substantial, alphabetically arranged collection of materials made in preparation for an English–(Ulster) Irish dictionary. The project was undertaken by MacAdam, who worked together with Aodh Mac Domhnaill, a native speaker from County Meath. The manuscript consists of 23 (port)folios, lacking letter F and the beginning of G, and numbers around 1145 pages. The dictionary remained unpublished.

Identifiers
Shelfmark
1/153
Title
MacAdam’s Irish-English dictionary
Type
dictionaries
Provenance and related aspects
Language
English, Irish
Date
1842 x 1856
Between 1842 and 1856 (Beckett).
Origin, provenance
Origin: Ulster
Ulster/Cúige Uladh
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ass. with Roibeard Mac ÁdhaimhMac Ádhaimh (Roibeard)
(1808–1895)
MacAdam (Robert), MacAdam (Robert Shipboy)
Robert Shipboy MacAdam, Irish Presbyterian scholar and antiquarian from Belfast; co-founded Ulster Gaelic Society and the Belfast Museum; editor of the Ulster Journal Archaeology.
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Aodh Mac Domhnaill [1802-1867]Mac Domhnaill (Aodh) ... 1802-1867
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Hands, scribes
Patron
Roibeard Mac ÁdhaimhMac Ádhaimh (Roibeard)
(1808–1895)
MacAdam (Robert), MacAdam (Robert Shipboy)
Robert Shipboy MacAdam, Irish Presbyterian scholar and antiquarian from Belfast; co-founded Ulster Gaelic Society and the Belfast Museum; editor of the Ulster Journal Archaeology.
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Codicological information
State of existence
incomplete
Material
paper
Dimensions
11.5 ″ × 14.5 ″
Foliation / Pagination
23 folios, 1145 pages.
Palaeographical information
Layout
Typically, four columns each page.
Script
Modern and Gaelic scripts.

Sources

Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

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Secondary sources (select)

Hughes, A. J., “The Ulster Gaelic Society and the work of MacAdam’s Irish scribes”, in: de Brún, Fionntán (ed.), Belfast and the Irish language, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006. 65–100.
Hughes, A. J., Robert Shipboy MacAdam (1808–95): his life and Gaelic proverb collection, Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast, 1998.
Beckett, Colm, “Staidéar ar fhoclóir lámhscríofa Béarla-Gaeilge roibeaird S. MhicÁdhaimh / A study of Robert S. McAdam’s manuscript English-Irish dictionary”, PhD thesis, Queen's University of Belfast, 1995.
Ó Buachalla, Breandán, I mBéal Feirste cois cuain, Leabhair thaighde 16, Dublin: An Clóchomhar, 1968.
232–236, 282, 287

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Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen