Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, MS 2324–2340

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Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, MS 2324–2340

  • 1629
  • Irish manuscripts
Identifiers
Shelfmark
2324–2340
Classification
Cat. no. 3410
Provenance and related aspects
Date
1629
1629
Hands, scribes
Mícheál Ó CléirighO'Clery (Michael), Ó Cléirigh (Mícheál) (d. 1643) – Irish scholar, historian and scribe
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Codicological information
The table of contents (work in progress) will be based on Joseph Van den Gheyn, Catalogue des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique: Histoire — hagiographie, vol. 5 (1905): 384–389.
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f. 1r
Latin index for ff. 1-120
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f. 2–f. 8
Chronological list of Franciscan monastic foundations in Ireland between 1224 and 1632
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f. 8
Latin list: ‘Nomina patrum qui hanc provinciam Hyberniae semel et vicissim laudabiliter rexerunt a principio reformationis’
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f. 9–f. 10
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f. 10v–f. 11
Incipit: Drong dona daoinib as oirdrechuList of celebrated Irishmen, with dates of their deaths
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f. 12
Various notes in Latin: (a) a fragment of Pater; (b) death notice of Charles Howard, earl of Nottingham; (c) discovery in 1628 of antlers belonging to the Irish elk; (d) Summary of chapter 191 of Jocelin's Life of St Patrick.
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f. 12v
Incipit: Ata ag Siomon BearnanualList of nine saints' Lives preserved, along with others, by one Síomón Bearnanual in the vicinity of Kells.
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f. 13–f. 23
Bethu Phátraic
Abridged version of the Life of St Patrick.
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f. 23–f. 23
Félire Óengusso
Extract from Félire Óengusso
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f. 23–f. 23
Incipit: Na tuiccedh ocus na mesad aoin duineNotes about the Life of St Patrick
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f. 23v
Incipit: Patricii ar chetus apostoli Hiberniae primatis adventusPoem
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f. 24–f. 30v
Life of St Brigit
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f. 30v
Brigit bé bithmaith
Hymn to Brigit
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f. 35–f. 43
Betha Finnchon
MS heading: Betha Fionnchon naoimh annsoLife of St Finnchú of Brigown (Co. Cork)
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f. 44–f. 45
Carais Páttraicc phuirt Macha
MS heading: Cuimin Condoire cecinitPoem
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f. 46
Blank
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f. 47–f. 53
Betha Cuimín Fota
MS heading: Betha Coimin FodaIncipit: Baói ri amhra for Chairrhaine Luachra san MumhainLife of Cummíne Fota. A note at the foot of f. 53 says that the Life is incomplete.
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f. 54
Blank
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f. 55r–f. 57v
Fled Dúin na nGéd
Shorter version of the tale, edited separately by Ruth P. M. Lehmann, Fled Dúin na nGéd (1964): 31–37
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f. 58–f. 61
Irish Life of St Rónán. Includes an episode from the Life of St Mo Ling.
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f. 61v
Irish Life of St Mo Ling
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f. 62–f. 64
Blank
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f. 65r–f. 65
Apgitir chrábaid
MS heading: De verbis Colmáin maco BonaeIncipit: Is dual duitFragment only
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f. 65
Mo Ling and Findat
Incipit: Caillech dorad a mac do Moling
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f. 65v–f. 66r
Scíath Dé do nim umam
Incipit: Sciath De denim umumLorica attributed to Colum Cille
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f. 66
Cétbriathra Bic meic Dé
Incipit: Ced-briathra Bhicc meic De
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f. 66
Incipit: Mochutu occ.Poem about the Irish saints Mo Chutu, Ciarán and ?Aillu
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f. 66
Incipit: Beitt gomsnadhadhPoem ascr. to Díarmait of Inis Clothrann
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f. 67–f. 68
MS heading: ‘De confessione sancte Ciarane’Prayers for confession in both Irish and Latin.
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f. 69–f. 70
MS heading: Aurnaighthi Colgan hUa DuinechdaPrayer for confession by Colgan hUa Duinechda. Cf. Brussels MS 4190-4200, f. 212.
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f. 70v–f. 72
Dá apstol décc na hÉrenn
MS heading: Balor da apstal decc na hErenn
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f. 72–f. 73
MS heading: Firt amhra ó ChiaranMiracles of Ciarán
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f. 73v–f. 74
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f. 75–f. 76
Scéla Cormaic meic Cuilennáin ocus na crosán
MS heading: Tri briathra do ratt Corpmacc mac CuilennainPoem about Cormac mac Cuilennáin, preceded by a prose introduction ascr to Gegan.
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f. 76r–f. 82v
Cáin Adomnáin
MS heading: ‘Incipit Cain Adamnain ar slict senlibuir Ratha Bothae’See Kuno Meyer, Cáin Adamnáin: an Old-Irish treatise on the law of Adamnan (1905): vii–viii (preface). According to the colophon at the end of f. 82v, this copy derives from an exemplar written by Cú Mumhan mac Tuathail Í Clerigh, a cousin of Mícheál Ó Cléirigh (‘Asna duilleocaib doscrioph Cumumhan mac Tuatail i Clerig, doscriobhad an beccan so. a tigh na mbrathar ag Drobaois. 31 do marta. 1627’, ed. Meyer, ibidem, p. 32). The incipit (f. 76r) states that the ultimate source of the text is a manuscript referred to as the ‘old book of Raphoe’.
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f. 83r
A maccucáin sruith in tíag Adomnán rohalt in Hí
MS heading: ‘S. Adamnani canones ar slicht senlibuir Ratha Bothae’Incipit: Sa h-amra an ti AdamnanProse introduction and poem (A maccucáin, sruith in tíag); also a poem on Adomnán's pedigree (Adomnán rohalt in Hí)
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f. 83v
An frimm, a Rí richidh ráin
Incipit: An rim a ri an richid ráinAscribed to: CiaránPrayer ascr. to Ciarán, said to derive from an old book from Áth Clíath don Droichet
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f. 84v–f. 86
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f. 87–f. 97v
Betha Meic Creiche
Life of St Mac Reithe (here Mac Creiche) of Kilmacrehy
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f. 97v–f. 98
Poem, with prose introduction, by Tomás Óg Ó ?Docin about Mac Creiche
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f. 98v
Blank.
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f. 99r–f. 102
Cáin Éimíne Báin
or Betha Eimín, a modernised version of the text
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f. 103r–f. 106r
Blank
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f. 106v
Indices in Latin and Irish: (1) to the preceding folios, and (2) to the folios following, up to f. 257
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The list below has been collated from the table of contents (if available on this page)
Progress in this area is being made piecemeal. Full and partial tables of contents are available for a small number of manuscripts.
and incoming annotations concerning individual texts (again, if available).
Whenever catalogue entries about texts are annotated with information about particular manuscript witnesses, these manuscripts can be queried for the texts that are linked to them.
A maccucáin sruith in tíag, Adomnán rohalt in Hí</big>
(MS)
f. 83r
rubric: S. Adamnani canones ar slicht senlibuir Ratha Bothae   incipit: Sa h-amra an ti Adamnan   Prose introduction and poem (A maccucáin, sruith in tíag); also a poem on Adomnán's pedigree (Adomnán rohalt in Hí)
(MS)
f. 83v
incipit: An rim a ri an richid ráin   Prayer ascr. to Ciarán, said to derive from an old book from Áth Clíath don Droichet
(Text)
f. 83v  
(MS)
f. 65r–f. 65
rubric: De verbis Colmáin maco Bonae   incipit: Is dual duit   Fragment only
(Text)
f. 65r  
Copy.
(Text)
ff. 145b–150b  
(Text)
ff. 12b–28a  
A complete copy transcribed from a manuscript belonging to Domnall Ó Duinnín
(Text)
ff. 274a–277b  
Transcript by Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, followed by Betha Caoimhgin II
(Text)
ff. 278a–286b  
Transcript by Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, who drew on two manuscripts that he discovered in Castlekevin, near Glendalough - see his colophon at the end of the text (§ 24) and Plummer's introduction (p. xxx). The text here is preceded by a copy of Betha Caoimhgin I.
(Text)
ff. 219a–226a  
The only known copy, according to Plummer
(Text)
ff. 128v–129v  
(Text)
ff. 47–53  
The relationship of this version to the present text has yet to be verified. It was not consulted by Gearóid Mac Eoin. A note at the foot of the last page says that the text is incomplete.
(MS)
f. 47–f. 53
rubric: Betha Coimin Foda   incipit: Baói ri amhra for Chairrhaine Luachra san Mumhain   Life of Cummíne Fota. A note at the foot of f. 53 says that the Life is incomplete.
Betha Finnchon
(MS)
f. 35–f. 43
rubric: Betha Fionnchon naoimh annso   Life of St Finnchú of Brigown (Co. Cork)
(Text)
Copy of the former.
(Text)
ff. 87r–98r  
(MS)
f. 87–f. 97v
Life of St Mac Reithe (here Mac Creiche) of Kilmacrehy
(Text)
ff. 151a–157b  
Copied, from an unknown exemplar, at Cork in the summer of 1629
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f. 130  
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ff. 168a–218b  
(Text)
ff. 193–202  
(Text)
ff. 226a–241b  
(MS)
f. 13–f. 23
Abridged version of the Life of St Patrick.
(Text)
ff. 13–23  
(MS)
f. 30v
Hymn to Brigit
(Text)
ff. 59a–61b  
Prose only, with the exception of three stanzas.
(MS)
f. 76r–f. 82v
rubric: Incipit Cain Adamnain ar slict senlibuir Ratha Bothae   See Kuno Meyer, Cáin Adamnáin: an Old-Irish treatise on the law of Adamnan (1905): vii–viii (preface). According to the colophon at the end of f. 82v, this copy derives from an exemplar written by Cú Mumhan mac Tuathail Í Clerigh, a cousin of Mícheál Ó Cléirigh (‘Asna duilleocaib doscrioph Cumumhan mac Tuatail i Clerig, doscriobhad an beccan so. a tigh na mbrathar ag Drobaois. 31 do marta. 1627’, ed. Meyer, ibidem, p. 32). The incipit (f. 76r) states that the ultimate source of the text is a manuscript referred to as the ‘old book of Raphoe’.
(Text)
ff. 76r–82v  
Copy written by Mícheál Ó Cléirigh.
(Text)
ff. 53v–59r  
(Text)
f. 44a  
Fullest copy
(MS)
f. 44–f. 45
rubric: Cuimin Condoire cecinit   Poem
(Text)
ff. 99r–101r  
A modernised recension from BL Additional 30512
(MS)
f. 99r–f. 102
or Betha Eimín, a modernised version of the text
(Text)
f. 66  
(MS)
f. 66
incipit: Ced-briathra Bhicc meic De   
(Text)
f. 70b  
(MS)
f. 70v–f. 72
rubric: Balor da apstal decc na hErenn   
(Text)
ff. 55r–57v  
Shorter version of the tale
(MS)
f. 55r–f. 57v
Shorter version of the tale, edited separately by Ruth P. M. Lehmann, Fled Dúin na nGéd (1964): 31–37
(MS)
f. 23–f. 23
Extract from Félire Óengusso
(Text)
ff. 101r–102v  
5 qq?
(Text)
f. 65  
(MS)
f. 65
incipit: Caillech dorad a mac do Moling   
(Text)
ff. 241b–248a  
(MS)
f. 75–f. 76
rubric: Tri briathra do ratt Corpmacc mac Cuilennain   Poem about Cormac mac Cuilennáin, preceded by a prose introduction ascr to Gegan.
(Text)
f. 75  
Prose introduction and poem
(MS)
f. 65v–f. 66r
incipit: Sciath De denim umum   Lorica attributed to Colum Cille
(Text)
ff. 65v–66r  
incipit: Sciath De denim umum   
(Text)
f. 71a  
  • Sources

Secondary sources

Van den Gheyn, Joseph, Catalogue des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, 13 vols, vol. 5: Histoire — hagiographie, Brussels: Lambertin, 1905.
Belgica: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
384–389 [id. 3410.] direct link
Meyer, Kuno, “The Irish MSS. at Brussels”, The Academy 44 (1893): 298–299, 324.
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Ó Riain, Pádraig, Beatha Ailbhe: The life of Ailbhe, Irish Texts Society 67, London: Irish Texts Society, 2017.
Lehmann, Ruth P. M. [ed.], Fled Dúin na nGéd, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series 21, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1964.
CELT – edition: <link>
31–37   “Brussels manuscript”
Diplomatic edition of the shorter version from Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, MS 2324–2340
Macalister, R. A. S. [ed.], The Book of Fenagh: a supplementary volume, Dublin: Stationery Office, 1939.
Irishmanuscripts.ie: <link>
3–32   “Introduction”
1. The edition (KH); 2. The manuscripts; 3. The history and nature of the text; 4. The contents of the text;
Grosjean, Paul, “Poems on St Senan”, in: Fraser, J., P. Grosjean, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Irish texts, fasciculus IV, London, 1934. 68–97.
Meyer, Kuno, “The Irish MSS. at Brussels”, The Academy 44 (1893): 298–299, 324.

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