Colgan (John)
  • d. 1658
  • authors, scholars, scribes, Franciscan friars, Irish people, Irish people in continental Europe
  • Louvain
Irish Franciscan at St Anthony’s College, Louvain; scholar, theologian, editor and hagiographer
See also: Irish Franciscan at St Anthony’s CollegeIrish Franciscan at St Anthony’s College
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Hugh WardWard (Hugh) / Mac an Bhaird (Aodh Buidhe) (c.1592–1635) – Irish Franciscan friar, historian and author
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Sharpe, Richard, “Génair Pátraicc: Old Irish between print and manuscript, 1647–1853”, Ériu 68 (2018): 1–28. 
The ninth-century Old Irish poem Génair Pátraicc was printed with a Latin translation by Fr John Colgan at Louvain in 1647 from one of the manuscripts of the Irish Liber Hymnorum, a collection of the late tenth or early eleventh century. Its early entry into print made it, alongside Ní car Brigit, one of the first pieces of Old Irish to be widely available. This produced, in the first instance, a secondary transmission in manuscript, as it re-entered the native tradition; this was followed by numerous reprints, often with translations based on Colgan's Latin. In the late eighteenth century a Modern Irish translation was made and printed on facing pages by Richard Plunket in 1791, which in turn seems to have entered manuscript transmission. Until J.C. Zeuss revealed the grammar of the Old Irish glosses, this poem was the most widely known example of Old Irish, and it was studied as soon as Zeuss's work became available: it provided Whitley Stokes with an early test for Zeuss's results on a work transmitted down the centuries in Ireland, revealed in his letters to John O'Donovan from 1857. Since Stokes's fifth re-editing of the poem in 1903, it has been largely unstudied.
Cunningham, Bernadette, “John Colgan as historian”, in: Gillespie, Raymond, and Ruairí Ó hUiginn (eds.), Irish Europe, 1600-1650: writing and learning, Irish in Europe 5, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013. 121–134.
Cunningham, Bernadette, “Seventeenth-century readers of Foras feasa ar Éirinn: Ó Cléirigh, Colgan and Kearney”, in: Ó Riain, Pádraig [ed.], Geoffrey Keating’s Foras feasa ar Éirinn: reassessments, Irish Texts Society, Subsidiary Series 19, London: Irish Texts Society, 2008. 39–51.
Jennings, Brendan, “Micheál Ó Cléirigh, chief of the Four Masters, and his associates” [1936], in: Ó Muraíle, Nollaig [ed.], Mícheál Ó Cléirigh, his associates and St Anthony’s College Louvain, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008. 19–122.
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Mooney, Canice, “Father John Colgan, O.F.M., his work and times and literary milieu”, in: O'Donnell, Terence [ed.], Father John Colgan, O.F.M., 1592–1658: essays in commemoration of the third centenary of his death, Dublin: Assisi, 1959. 7–40.
O'Donnell, Terence [ed.], Father John Colgan, O.F.M., 1592–1658: essays in commemoration of the third centenary of his death, Dublin: Assisi, 1959.
Bieler, Ludwig, “John Colgan as editor”, Franciscan Studies 8 (1948): 1–24.
Hull, Vernam, “Keating, Colgan and the Saltair na rann”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 16 (1927): 453–457.
Reeves, William, “Irish library no. 1: Colgan's works”, Ulster Journal of Archaeology (first series) 1 (1853): 295–302.
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Colgan, John, Trias thaumaturga, reprint ed. (1647), Blackrock, Co. Dublin: Edmund Burke, 1997. 
comments: Modern reprint with an introduction by Pádraig Ó Riain
Colgan, John, “Two early modern descriptions of Navan: 1. John Colgan, c.1592–1658”, Emania: Bulletin of the Navan Research Group 1 (1986): 22.
Colgan, John, Acta sanctorum veteris et maioris Scotiæ seu Hiberniæ, sanctorum insulæ, Irish Manuscript Commission, Reflex Facsimiles 5, facsimile ed. (1645), Dublin: Ordnance Survey, 1948.
Colgan, John, Triadis Thaumaturgæ seu divorum Patricii, Columbæ et Brigidæ, trium veteris et maioris Scotiæ, seu Hiberniæ sanctorum insulae communium patronorum acta, Louvain: apud Cornelium Coenestenium, 1647. 
comments: The title page reads in full (normalised spellng): Triadis Thaumaturgæ, seu divorum Patricii, Columbæ, et Brigidæ, trium veteris et majoris Scotiæ, seu Hiberniæ, Sanctorum insulæ, communium patronorum acta, a variis, iisque pervetustis ac Sanctis, authoribus Scripta, ac studio R.P.F. Joannis Colgani, in conventu F.F. Minor. Hibernor, Stritior, Observ., Lovanii, S. Theologiæ Lectoris Jubilati, ex variis bibliothecis collecta, scholiis et commentariis illustrata, et pluribus appendicibus aucta; complectitur tomus secundus sacrarum ejusdem insulæ antiquitatum, nunc primum in lucem prodiens. <link> Google Books: <link>, <link>
Colgan, John, Acta sanctorum veteris et maioris Scotiæ seu Hiberniæ, sanctorum insulæ, Louvain: Everard De Witte, 1645. <link> Google Books: <link>, <link>