Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, MS 5100-5104

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Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, MS 5100-5104

  • 1630
  • Irish manuscripts
  • paper
Identifiers
Shelfmark
5100-5104
Classification
Cat. no. 507
Provenance and related aspects
Date
1630
1630
Hands, scribes
Mícheál Ó CléirighO'Clery (Michael), Ó Cléirigh (Mícheál) (d. 1643) – Irish scholar, historian and scribe
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Hands indexed:
Scribe The manuscript is “almost wholly in the hand of Michael O'Clery” (Stokes). Mícheál Ó CléirighO'Clery (Michael), Ó Cléirigh (Mícheál) (d. 1643) – Irish scholar, historian and scribe
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Exemplars
A book written by Siodrach Ua Mael Conaire in 1533
Codicological information
Material
paper
Dimensions
19 cm × 15 cm
Foliation / Pagination
214 (Stokes) or 218 (Van Den Gheyn) leaves. Whitley Stokes adopts the mixed page and folio numbering of the manuscript: ff. 1-5 + pp. 1-67 + ff. 68-244 (foliation in pencil). The later catalogue description by Joseph Van den Gheyn, however, appears to have imposed a new, consistent foliation running from 1 to 217, including some final leaves ostensibly not seen by Stokes.

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The following table of contents is based on Whitley Stokes, Félire húi Gormáin (1895): introduction, and Whitley Stokes, ‘Poems ascribed to S. Moling’ in Anecdota from Irish manuscripts... (1908).
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p. 50.5
Tainic rath forettarsa
Incipit: ‘Tainic rath forettarsa’Poem ascribed to Mo Ling (18qq).
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p. 51.12
Glend na n-aingel n-ainglidhe
Incipit: ‘Glend na n-aingel n-ainglidhe’Poem ascribed to Mo Ling (14qq)
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p. 52.11
Gair na Gairbhe glebinne
MS heading: ‘Moling cecinit’Incipit: ‘Gair na Gairbhe glebinne’Poem ascribed to Mo Ling (18qq), with marginal note below.
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Marginal note “in an Italian hand” (Stokes): ‘Fluvius qui transit per Baile atha Fhir dia in Comitatu Luthensi vocatur an Ghairbh’.
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p. 53.19
Scribal note, edited and translated by Stokes as follows: Tuiccther asin rand sin ⁊ as an dá dhán gurab é Suibhne dorinne iad gé gurab ar Moling chuires as sein-leabhar iad .i. leabhur Murchaid meic Briain, “It is understood from this poem (rann) and from the two poems (dán) that Suibne composed them, although the old book, i.e. the book of Murchad mac Briain, attributes them to Moling”.
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p. 53.21
Cros an Choimdhedh cumachtaigh
Incipit: ‘Cros an Choimdhedh cumachtaigh’Poem (12qq)
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p. 54.17
A bhen Graig is graccda sain
Incipit: ‘A bhen Graig is graccda sain’Poem (24 stt) attributed to Mo Ling.
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p. 56.9
Búaidh crábuidh, búaidh n-ailithre
First of three poems attributed to Máel Ísa.
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p. 56
Etir min is mór
Incipit: ‘Etir in is mor / do cach cin co fir / a Dé dílgaidh dún / etir úr is crin’Second of three poems attributed to Máel Ísa.
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p. 56
A Choimdiu baíd
Incipit: ‘A Coimdhe báidh / a Ri na rig / a Athair ionmain / airchis dim’Third of three poems attributed to Máel Ísa.
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p. 57.1
Daigh Cairill ticfa im dail
Incipit: ‘Daigh Cairill ticfa im dail’Brief poem ascribed to Mo Ling (4qq).
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p. 57.9
A Mulling, na mill mo tuatha
Incipit: ‘A Mulling, na mill mo tuat[h]a’Poem (3qq)
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p. 57.15
Gabhal do sruth Órthanain
MS heading: ‘Angelus Dei et Mulling dixit’Incipit: ‘Gabhal do sruth Órt[h]anain’Poem (3qq)
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p. 57.22
Mo muilendsa is geb dedáil
MS heading: ‘Mulling cecinit’Incipit: ‘Mo muilendsa is geb dedáil’Poem (7qq?)
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58-65
Thirteen poems ascribed to Mo Ling:
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p. 58
Cellan cille Daimcinn duir
Incipit: ‘Cellan cille Daimcinn duir’5qq.
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p. 58
Tangas cuccam o Choin Cruacan
Incipit: ‘Tangas cuccam o Choin Cruacan’3qq.
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p. 58
Cech righdamhna Raigne
Incipit: ‘Cech righdamhna Raigne’3qq.
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p. 59
Cech fer cloinne Conallaig
Incipit: ‘Cech fer cloinne Conallaig’
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p. 59
Bennacht lem do Chiarraighibh
Incipit: ‘Bennacht lem do Chiarraighibh’5qq.
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p. 59
Is feta in t-airiughadh
Incipit: ‘IS feta in t-airiughadh’8qq.
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p. 60.9
Féocháine mac Brain
Incipit: ‘Féocháine mac Brain’3qq.
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p. 60.16
A Meic Muire it foircclidhe
Incipit: ‘A Meic Muire it foircclidhe’3qq.
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p. 60.23
Bennacht in Coimdedh do nimh
Incipit: ‘Bennacht in Coimdedh do nimh’4qq.
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p. 61.3
Hua Briuin occom riaruccud
Incipit: ‘Hua Briuin occom riaruccud’6qq.
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p. 61.17
Hui Degadh Osraighe áin
MS heading: ‘Mulling cecinit, nisi vel potius Dunchadh de quo in fine’Incipit: ‘Hui Degadh Osraighe áin’24qq.
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p. 63.12
Uamhain Gall tainic Muling
Incipit: ‘Uamhain Gall tainic Muling’21qq.
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p. 65.1
Disert mBrecain sunn istleiph
Incipit: ‘Disert mBrecain sunn ist[sh]leiph’4qq.
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p. 65.9
Tegh Mulling meic Faolain
Incipit: ‘Tegh Mulling meic Faolain’Poem ascribed to Colum Cille (5 stt of 3 lines each).
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p. 65.25-67.8
A meic madatt buan
Incipit: ‘A meic madatt buan’Poem ascribed to Colum Cille (18qq).
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p. 67
“The rest of p. 67 and the whole of the verso are blank” (Stokes)
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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.
(MS)
p. 56
incipit: A Coimdhe báidh / a Ri na rig / a Athair ionmain / airchis dim   Third of three poems attributed to Máel Ísa.
(Text)
p. 56  
?
A Meic Muire it foircclidhe
(MS)
p. 60.16
incipit: A Meic Muire it foircclidhe   3qq.
A Mulling, na mill mo tuatha
(MS)
p. 57.9
incipit: A Mulling, na mill mo tuat[h]a   Poem (3qq)
A bhen Graig is graccda sain
(MS)
p. 54.17
incipit: A bhen Graig is graccda sain   Poem (24 stt) attributed to Mo Ling.
A meic madatt buan
(MS)
p. 65.25-67.8
incipit: A meic madatt buan   Poem ascribed to Colum Cille (18qq).
(Text)
f. 6r  p. 1  
Fragment.
Bennacht in Coimdedh do nimh
(MS)
p. 60.23
incipit: Bennacht in Coimdedh do nimh   4qq.
Bennacht lem do Chiarraighibh
(MS)
p. 59
incipit: Bennacht lem do Chiarraighibh   5qq.
(MS)
p. 56.9
First of three poems attributed to Máel Ísa.
(Text)
f. 238a ff  
A copy which covers the first three and last quatrains of the version above
Cech fer cloinne Conallaig
(MS)
p. 59
incipit: Cech fer cloinne Conallaig   
Cech righdamhna Raigne
(MS)
p. 58
incipit: Cech righdamhna Raigne   3qq.
Cellan cille Daimcinn duir
(MS)
p. 58
incipit: Cellan cille Daimcinn duir   5qq.
(Text)
f. 225a  
A copy that was almost immediately abandoned: “Michael O'Clery began to copy this tract, Brussels, Bibl. Roy. 5100-4, f. 225a, but after writing only two names he breaks off with an etc., ' oir atad i nionadh ele,' i.e. because they occur elsewhere.” (Plummer)
(MS)
p. 53.21
incipit: Cros an Choimdhedh cumachtaigh   Poem (12qq)
(Text)
pp. 53–54   
(Text)
f. 7v  
Daigh Cairill ticfa im dail
(MS)
p. 57.1
incipit: Daigh Cairill ticfa im dail   Brief poem ascribed to Mo Ling (4qq).
Disert mBrecain sunn istleiph
(MS)
p. 65.1
incipit: Disert mBrecain sunn ist[sh]leiph   4qq.
(Text)
f. 12a  
(MS)
p. 56
incipit: Etir in is mor / do cach cin co fir / a Dé dílgaidh dún / etir úr is crin   Second of three poems attributed to Máel Ísa.
(Text)
p. 56  
(Text)
ff. 68r–119v  
(Text)
ff. 68r–69v  
Féocháine mac Brain
(MS)
p. 60.9
incipit: Féocháine mac Brain   3qq.
Gabhal do sruth Órthanain
(MS)
p. 57.15
rubric: Angelus Dei et Mulling dixit   incipit: Gabhal do sruth Órt[h]anain   Poem (3qq)
Gair na Gairbhe glebinne
(MS)
p. 52.11
rubric: Moling cecinit   incipit: Gair na Gairbhe glebinne   Poem ascribed to Mo Ling (18qq), with marginal note below.
(Text)
ff. 14b–15b  
Prose and verse.
Glend na n-aingel n-ainglidhe
(MS)
p. 51.12
incipit: Glend na n-aingel n-ainglidhe   Poem ascribed to Mo Ling (14qq)
(Text)
p. 41  
rubric: Colum Cille oc tairngire Adamnáin   
Hua Briuin occom riaruccud
(MS)
p. 61.3
incipit: Hua Briuin occom riaruccud   6qq.
Hui Degadh Osraighe áin
(MS)
p. 61.17
rubric: Mulling cecinit, nisi vel potius Dunchadh de quo in fine   incipit: Hui Degadh Osraighe áin   24qq.
(Text)
f. 87b  
Is feta in t-airiughadh
(MS)
p. 59
incipit: IS feta in t-airiughadh   8qq.
(Text)
f. 47, l. 21ff  
(Text)
p. 80?  
(Text)
ff. 209r–224v  
Incomplete.
n. 1 Westley Follett, Céli Dé in Ireland (2006): 222–223.
(Text)
p. 46  
(Text)
p. 2  
Mo muilendsa is geb dedáil
(MS)
p. 57.22
rubric: Mulling cecinit   incipit: Mo muilendsa is geb dedáil   Poem (7qq?)
(Text)
ff. 14b–15b  
Prose and verse.
(Text)
f. 225v-226  
Copy.
(Text)
f. 225  
Copy.
(Text)
f. 225  
rubric: Hi sunt sacerdotes   Copy.
(Text)
p. 41  
A modified version.
(Text)
ff. 78a–78b  
(Text)
pp. 9–12   cols 3 ff
Entitled ‘Aurnaighthi Cholgan húi Duinecda .i. fer léighinn Cluana maic Nóis insin .i. Scuáp Crábaidh’
Tainic rath forettarsa
(MS)
p. 50.5
incipit: Tainic rath forettarsa   Poem ascribed to Mo Ling (18qq).
Tangas cuccam o Choin Cruacan
(MS)
p. 58
incipit: Tangas cuccam o Choin Cruacan   3qq.
Tegh Mulling meic Faolain
(MS)
p. 65.9
incipit: Tegh Mulling meic Faolain   Poem ascribed to Colum Cille (5 stt of 3 lines each).
(Text)
pp. 48–49   
(MS)
p. 63.12
incipit: Uamhain Gall tainic Muling   21qq.
(Text)
rubric: Mulling cecinit   incipit: Uamhain Gall tainic Muling   21qq
  • 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.

Hamel, A. G. van [ed.], “Poems from Brussels MS. 5100-04”, Revue Celtique 37 (1917–1919): 345–352.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
A selection of three poems

Secondary sources

Van den Gheyn, Joseph, Catalogue des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, 13 vols, vol. 1: Écriture sainte et liturgie, Brussels: Lambertin, 1901.
Belgica: <link> Internet Archive: <link>, <link>
319–321 [id. 507.]
Stokes, Whitley, Félire húi Gormáin: The martyrology of Gorman, from a manuscript in the Royal Library, Brussels, Henry Bradshaw Society 9, London: Harrison, 1895.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link>, <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>, <link>
vii–xviii A description of the contents of the manuscript direct link

Queried results

if available
Dobbs, Margaret E., “A poem on the Uí Dega”, Journal of Celtic Studies 1 (1950): 227–231.
Jackson, Kenneth, “The motive of the threefold death in the story of Suibhne Geilt”, in: Ryan, John [ed.], Féil-sgríbhinn Eóin Mhic Néill: Essays and studies presented to professor Eoin MacNeill on the occasion of his seventieth birthday, May 15th 1938, Dublin: Three Candles, 1940. 535–550.
Best, Richard Irvine, and H. J. Lawlor, The martyrology of Tallaght: from the Book of Leinster and MS. 5100–4 in the Royal Library, Brussels, Henry Bradshaw Society 68, London: Henry Bradshaw Society, 1931.
Hamel, A. G. van [ed.], “Poems from Brussels MS. 5100-04”, Revue Celtique 37 (1917–1919): 345–352.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Hamel, A. G. van, “Poems from Brussels MS 5100-4”, Revue Celtique 36 (1915–1916): 274–290.
Internet Archive: <link>
Thurneysen, Rudolf, “Allerlei Irisches”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 10 (1915): 421–443.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>
“I. Bec mac Dé”
Stokes, Whitley [ed.], “Poems ascribed to S. Moling”, in: Bergin, Osborn, R. I. Best, Kuno Meyer, and J. G. O'Keeffe (eds.), Anecdota from Irish manuscripts, vol. 2, Halle and Dublin, 1908. 20–41.
Celtic Digital Initiative: <link> Internet Archive – Anecdota vols 1-5: <link>
Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “Three legends from the Brussels manuscript 5100–4”, Revue Celtique 26 (1905): 360–377. Corrigenda in Revue Celtique 27 (1906): 203.
TLH – 1. Coirpre Crom and Maelsechlainn's soul: <link> TLH – 2. Coirpre Crom and S. Ciarán: <link> TLH – 3. Colmán mac Duach and Guaire: <link>

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