Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 P 12

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Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 P 12

Book of Ballymote
  • 1384 x 1406
  • composite manuscript
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum
Identifiers
Shelfmark
23 P 12
Classification
536
Title
Book of Ballymote
(Leabhar Bhaile an Mhóta)
Provenance and related aspects
Date
1384 x 1406
1384 x 1406
Origin, provenance
Ballymote (Co. Sligo)
Hands, scribes
Ó Duibhgeannáin (Maghnus)
Ó Duibhgeannáin (Maghnus) (fl. early 15th century) – Irish scribe, known as one of the three that wrote parts of the Book of Ballymote (RIA MS 23 P 12) under the tutelage of Domnall Mac Aedhagáin. (link to subject index)
, Mac Síthigh (Robeartus)
Mac Síthigh (Robeartus) (fl. early 15th century) – Robeartus Mac Síthigh, Irish scribe, known as one of the three that wrote parts of the Book of Ballymote (RIA MS 23 P 12) under the tutelage of Domnall Mac Aedhagáin. (link to subject index)
, Ó Droma (Solamh)
Ó Droma (Solamh) (fl. early 15th century) – Irish scribe, known as one of the three that wrote parts of the Book of Ballymote (RIA MS 23 P 12) under the tutelage of Domnall Mac Aedhagáin. (link to subject index)
scribes belonging to the Mac Aedhagáin family include Maghnus Ó Duibhgeannáin, Robeartus Mac Síthigh and Solamh Ó Droma
Exemplars
include the Leabhar Gearr Uí Cheallaig, now lost
Copies
Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1295 (transcribed in part by Richard Tipper)
Codicological information
Unit
Codicological unit. Indicates whether the entry describes a single leaf, a distinct or composite manuscript, etc.
composite manuscript
Material
vellum


» Flyleaf, including a diagram of Noah’s Ark
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Incomplete
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f. 2ra–f. 4rbline 12 = p. 3a–p. 7b line 12
[Sex aetates mundi] » Begins imperfect.
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f. 4rbline 13–f. 5ra = p. 7bline 13–p. 9a
[Réidig dam a Dé do nim] » Incipit: ‘Reidhigh damh a De do nimhe
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f. 5ra = p. 9a
» Incipit: ‘Prima etas mundi
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f. 8ra–f. 34ra = p. 15a–p. 49
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f. 39va–f. 41 = p. 62a
[Tecosca Cormaic] » This version of Tecosca Cormaic incorporates the Senbríathra Fíthail
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f. 40vb–f. 41ra = p. 64b–p. 65a
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f. 41rb = p. 65b–p. 66b
[Trecheng breth Féne] » Triads of Ireland
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ff. 43r–63v

Introduction and material relating mainly to the Uí Néill, Uí Briúin and Uí Fiachrach
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ff. 64r-85v

Genealogical material relating to e.g. the Airgíalla, Laigin, Érainn and Múscraige, with texts in prose and verse.
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f. 64r
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f. 77vb–f. 78rb = p. 134b–p. 135b
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f. 80ra–f. 80va = p. 139a–p. 140a
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ff. 87r–96v

Material relating mainly to Ulster
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ff. 97r–112v

Material relating mainly to Munster
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ff. 113r–135v

includes: Lebor Breatnach, hagiography, story of the Hebrews.
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ff. 136r-156v

includes: Cóir anmann, Lebor na gCert, Banshenchas
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f. 136r–f. 136va = p. 247a–p. 248a
[Scéla Conchobuir meic Nessa] » Incipit: ‘Ba mor a n-ordun du Conchobar
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f. 136valine 41 = p. 248a–p. 249a
[Aided Nath Í ocus a adnacol] » MS heading: ‘Oided Dathi annso sís’ » The heading is in a later hand.
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f. 137ra = p. 249a–p. 255a
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f. 140ra–f. 140rb = p. 255–p. 256
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f. 141ra–f. 142rb
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f. 142valine 7–f. 142valine 15 = p. 260aline 7–p. 260a line 15
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ff. 157r–187v

includes: the Ogam tract, Auraicept na n-éces, Uraicecht becc
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ff. 188r-229v

The portion of the Book of Ballymote that contains a version of the Dinnshenchas Érenn
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f. 188ra–f. 188ra = p. 349–p. 349
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f. 188ra = p. 349
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f. 188rb = p. 349
[Dinnshenchas of Temair I] » Incipit: ‘Teamair Breg cid ni diada
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f. 188vb = p. 350
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[Dinnshenchas of Temair II] » Ascribed to: Cináed ua hArtacáin
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ff. 230r–275

includes: Togail Troí and other Irish works of classical mythology
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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.
(Text)
f. 168va (lines 47-50)  
§§ 1-2 only (Mittelirische Verslehren)
(Text)
p. 295 line 5  
(MS)
f. 145rb–f. 145vb; p. 263b
(Text)
pp. 248a41–249a   
rubric: Oided Dathi annso sís.   
(MS)
f. 136val. 41; p. 248a–p. 249a
rubric: Oided Dathi annso sís   The heading is in a later hand.
(Text)
p. 359  
incipit: Almu robo caem dia cois   4 qq.
(Text)
p. 132a, lines 3–6  
(Text)
f. 170v ff  
(Text)
f. 96rb  p. 169b  
incipit: Ba mol Midand midlaide   8 qq.
(Text)
p. 120a, lines 43–48  
(Text)
p. 266b  
(Text)
f. 192va  
(Text)
p. 354a (line 5ff)  
incipit: An sen i muig meic in Óg   
(Text)
p. 354a  
incipit: A caemu Breag, brig nad breg   
(Text)
ff. 140ra–140rb  pp. 255–256 (facsimile)   
(MS)
f. 140ra–f. 140rb; p. 255–p. 256
(Text)
p. 136a-b (facs.)  
Short commentary embedded in a version of Uraicecht becc
(Text)
p. 374b  
(Text)
p. 131b, lines 35–38  
(Text)
Prose.
(Text)
f. 34b  
(Text)
p. 131b, lines 49–51  
(Text)
pp. 249a–255a   
(MS)
f. 137ra; p. 249a–p. 255a
(Text)
ff. 225d–229b  
(MS)
f. 142val. 7–f. 142val. 15; p. 260al. 7–p. 260al. 15
(Text)
f. 142va  p. 260a lines 7–15 (facsimile)  
(Text)
f. 36rd ff  p. 55d ff (facsimile)  
(Text)
pp. 169b20–170a12   
Incomplete
(Text)
p. 305  
(Text)
p. 256a (line 46ff)  
This copy is here said to derive from the ‘Book of Glen Da Locha’
(MS)
f. 80ra–f. 80va; p. 139a–p. 140a
(Text)
ff. 80ra–80va  pp. 139a–140a (facsimile)   
(Text)
f. 67a (lines 1-34)  
(Text)
p. 119b, lines 24–31  
(Text)
p. 349b (line 33)-350b (line 49)  
(MS)
f. 188vb; p. 350
(Text)
pp. 349–410 (facsimile)   
(Text)
pp. 349–410 (facsimile)   
(Text)
f. 115v  
(Text)
ff. 117va–118r  
incipit: Ondbahum uel Gondbum do Breatnaibh mathair Padraic   
(Text)
Recension I.
(Text)
f. 146ra-b  p. 265a-b  
(Text)
p. 120a.34–120a.39  
(Text)
p. 134.47–134b.4  
(Text)
Poem attributed to Find
(Text)
p. 120b, lines 4–9  
(Text)
f. 142va-142vb  
(Text)
pp. 449–485   
(Text)
ff. 146rb (inf.)–146rv (middle)  
rubric: Imtheachta Moighi Ruith   
(Text)
p. 295 line 5ff  
(Text)
p. 298b line 20ff  
(Text)
p. 303a line 44ff  
(MS)
f. 188ra–f. 188ra; p. 349–p. 349
Introduction
(Text)
Of the poem, only lines 33-84 are preserved.
(Text)
p. 132a, lines 26–28  
(Text)
Interpolated version.
(Text)
ff. 8–34ra  
(MS)
f. 8ra–f. 34ra; p. 15a–p. 49
(Text)
ff. 268ra(line 36)–281rb (line 53)  
(Text)
ff. 299b30–301b23  
Complete. Beginning ‘Cia cet ughdair robhar a nErind?’.
(Text)
p. 134a, lines 43–47  
(Text)
p. 132a, lines 28–31  
(Text)
p. 119b, lines 42–43  
(Text)
f. 223r  
A scribal note in the margin corrects or identifies Mag mBogc (line 3) as (Mag) mBolc.
(Text)
p. 132a, lines 13–20  
(Text)
pp. 296b (line 15)– 299a (line 5)   
(Text)
pp. 306b (line 11)–308a (line 40)   
Flawed copy
(Text)
pp. 301b (line 24)–305b (line 3)   
(Text)
pp. 306a (line 43)–306b (line 10)   
Related text, printed by Thurneysen in his appendix.
(Text)
pp. 288 (lines 29–59)   
Fragment
(Text)
pp. 289a (line 1)–296b (line 1)   
(Text)
p. 358b  
(Text)
p. 119b, lines 34–37  
(Text)
pp. 355b–356b   
Prose and verse
(MS)
f. 77vb–f. 78rb; p. 134b–p. 135b
(Text)
ff. 77vb–78rb  pp. 134b–135b (facsimile)   
(MS)
f. 4rbl. 13–f. 5ra; p. 7bl. 13–p. 9a
incipit: Reidhigh damh a De do nimhe   
(Text)
ff. 4rb–5ra  
(Text)
f. 142vb ff  p. 260b ff  
(MS)
f. 136r–f. 136va; p. 247a–p. 248a
incipit: Ba mor a n-ordun du Conchobar   
(Text)
ff. 136ra–136va  pp. 247a–248a in facsimile   
Fragment only
(MS)
f. 40vb–f. 41ra; p. 64b–p. 65a
(Text)
p. 109a ff  
(Text)
Shorter version
(Text)
ff. 84vb–85rc  
incipit: Da mac Eachach Mundramair   
(MS)
f. 2ra–f. 4rbl. 12; p. 3a–p. 7bl. 12
Begins imperfect.
(Text)
(Text)
p. 378b, lines 8-29  
(MS)
f. 39va–f. 41; p. 62a
This version of Tecosca Cormaic incorporates the Senbríathra Fíthail
(Text)
pp. 62a–65a   
(Text)
p. 349a  
§§ 1-4
(MS)
f. 188ra; p. 349
(MS)
f. 188rb; p. 349
incipit: Teamair Breg cid ni diada   
(Text)
p. 40b  
(Text)
Poem ascribed to Cináed ua hArtacáin.
(MS)
(Text)
Poem ascribed to Cináed ua hArtacáin;
(Text)
f. 352a ff  
(Text)
ff. 74rb 1–75ra 39  pp. 127b 1–129a 39   
(Text)
ff. 152rb 12–152va 48  pp. 277b 12–278a 48   
(Text)
ff. 141ra–142rb  pp. 257a–259b in facsimile   
(MS)
f. 141ra–f. 142rb
(Text)
ff. 230(411)ra–247(445)ra28  
(Text)
p. 374b  
Introduced as deriving from a version of the Acallam na senórach.
n. 1 Kuno Meyer, Fianaigecht (1910): xxx.
(Text)
p. 374a  
incipit: Geanand mac Triuin, torum ndil   
(MS)
f. 41rb; p. 65b–p. 66b
Triads of Ireland

FURTHER RESULTS…



  • 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.

Atkinson, Robert [ed.], The Book of Ballymote: a collection of pieces (prose and verse) in the Irish language, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1887. Facsimile edition.
“Royal Irish Academy”, 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/RIA/english/index.html>.

Secondary sources

Mulchrone, Kathleen, Thomas F. O'Rahilly, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, and A. I. Pearson (eds.), Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, 8 vols, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1926–1970.
Vol. 3, 1610–1655 [id. 536.]
Ó Concheanainn, Tomás, “The Book of Ballymote”, Celtica 14 (1981): 15–25.

Queried results

if available
“Royal Irish Academy”, 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/RIA/english/index.html>.
“MS 23 P 12 (The Book of Ballymote)”
Binchy, D. A. [ed.], Corpus iuris Hibernici, 7 vols, vol. 5, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978.
1590–1618   “The Book of Ballymote”
Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 P 12, pp. 355a-348b
Mac Niocaill, Gearóid, “The background of the Battle of Tarbga”, Celtica 11 (1976): 133–140.
O'Brien, M. A. [ed.], Corpus genealogiarum Hiberniae, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1962.
CELT – pp. 1–332 (Rawl. B 502): <link>
Ó Raithbheartaigh, Toirdhealbhach [ed.], Genealogical tracts. Vol. 1, Dublin: Irish Manuscript Commission, 1932.
CELT – pp. 107–116 (RIA MS 23 P 12): <link>
107–132   “The ancient tract on the distribution of the Aithech-Thuatha”
Tracts on the tributary peoples from various manuscripts
Atkinson, Robert [ed.], The Book of Ballymote: a collection of pieces (prose and verse) in the Irish language, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1887. Facsimile edition.
O'Curry, Eugene, Lectures on the manuscript materials of ancient Irish history, delivered at the Catholic University of Ireland during the sessions of 1855 and 1856, Dublin, 1861.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – Originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>, <link> Internet Archive – multiple copies: <link>
181–202   [Lecture IX] “Of the chief existing ancient books”

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