Manuscripts

Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 10

section 1, pp. 1-18
  • s. xvi2
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum
A fragment of Lebor gabála Érenn and an imperfect copy of Cath Maighe Léna
Identifiers
Part of
Provenance and related aspects
Date
s. xvi2
second half of the 16th century (Ní Shéaghdha). Arguing that the hand symbol in the scribal colophon of p. 12 has graphemic value, Ó Concheanainn suggests a later date of 1600.(2)n. 2 Tomás Ó Concheanainn, ‘Gilla Ísa Mac Fir Bhisigh and a scribe of his school’, Ériu 25 (1974): 157 n. 1.
Hands, scribes
Dubhaltach Mór Mac Fhir BhisighMac Fhir Bhisigh (Dubhaltach Mór) – Irish scholar and scribe of the Mac Fhir Bhisigh learned family
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The manuscript is the work of several hands, only one of whom leaves a signature:(1)n. 1 The analysis below follows Nessa Ní Shéaghdha, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland (1967).
  • The scribe responsible for LGÉ is anonymous and unidentified.
  • At least two scribes wrote Cath Maighe Léna. In a note at the foot of p. 12, the second scribe gives his name as Dualtach mac Semuis (Dubhaltach son of Séamus) and his place as Lecan (Lackan, Co. Sligo). He has been identified as Dubhaltach Mór Mac Fhir Bhisigh, the grandfather of the genealogist Dubhaltach (Óg) Mac Fhir Bhisigh. Possibly a third hand may be seen on p. 11 (lower half), but Ní Shéaghdha thinks it more likely to be Dubhalthach in “a slightly different of style of writing”.
Hands indexed:
Hand 1 The scribe responsible for LGÉ, who is both anonymous and unidentified.
Hand 2 First of at least two scribes that wrote Cath Maighe Léna (Ní Shéaghdha). Anonymous.
Hand 3 (Dualtach mac Semuis) Second of at least two scribes that wrote Cath Maighe Léna. In a note at the foot of p. 12, he gives his name as Dualtach mac Semuis (Dubhaltach son of Séamus) and his place as Lecan (Lackan, Co. Sligo). He has been identified as Dubhaltach Mór Mac Fhir Bhisigh, the grandfather of the genealogist Dubhaltach (Óg) Mac Fhir Bhisigh. Ní Shéaghdha's transcription of the note reads: “Misse in Dubaltach mac Semuis do graiph in beag sin Luan [I]nede 7 a Lecan mo loccDubhaltach Mór Mac Fhir BhisighMac Fhir Bhisigh (Dubhaltach Mór) – Irish scholar and scribe of the Mac Fhir Bhisigh learned family
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Hand 4 (Dubhalthach?) Possibly a third hand may be seen on p. 11 (lower half), but Ní Shéaghdha thinks it more likely to be Dubhalthach in “a slightly different of style of writing”. Dubhaltach Mór Mac Fhir BhisighMac Fhir Bhisigh (Dubhaltach Mór) – Irish scholar and scribe of the Mac Fhir Bhisigh learned family
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Codicological information
Material
vellum

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.

Sources

Notes

The analysis below follows Nessa Ní Shéaghdha, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland (1967).
Tomás Ó Concheanainn, ‘Gilla Ísa Mac Fir Bhisigh and a scribe of his school’, Ériu 25 (1974): 157 n. 1.
See also the parent manuscript for further references.

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.

“National Library of Ireland”, Ó Macháin, Pádraig (director), Irish Script on Screen – Meamrám Páipéar Ríomhaire, Online: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. URL: <https://www.isos.dias.ie/libraries/NLI/english/index.html>.
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Secondary sources (select)

Ní Shéaghdha, Nessa, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the National Library of Ireland, fasc. 1: Mss G 1 – G 14, Studies in Irish Manuscripts, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1967.
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies: <link>
[‘G 10’]
Jackson, Kenneth Hurlstone [ed.], Cath Maighe Léna, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series 9, Dublin: Stationery Office, 1938.
CELT – edition: <link>
[‘Introduction’]
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen
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