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Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1316

section 3, pp. 67-70
  • s. xiv (?)
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum
Manuscript folios which now comprise the third volume of Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1316.
Part of
Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1316 (H 2. 15a, 1316) [s. xiv]
This section contains both secular and religious narratives. Another part of the original manuscript, being in the same hand and of the same size, appears to be that which currently occupies pp. 97-104 (Gwynn, Macalister).
Provenance and related aspects
s. xiv (?)
14th century (?). Abbott assigns the material in the composite manuscript as a whole to the 14th century. Gwynn infers from the note on p. 68 that it may have been written as early as c. 1237, when Donnchad Ó Ceanead was candidate for the archbishopric of Cashel. However, Macalister objects that such a date is too early for both the language and orthography of the manuscript and that the meaning of the note is uncertain.(1)n. 1 R. A. S. Macalister, Lebor gabála Érenn: The book of the taking of Ireland, vol. 1 (1932): xxi–xxii.
Origin, provenance
Ireland; Munster
Hands, scribes
The hand has been identified as that of pp. 97-104.
Codicological information

p. 67aline 1–p. 67a line 48
[Togail Tuir Chonaind (TCD 1316 version)] » The Nemed story (fragment).
p. 67a–p. 68b
[Tairired na nDéssi] » Recension B. Begins imperfect.
p. 68bline 12–p. 68b
[Danklied einer erlösten Seele] » Religious story about a soul released from hell.
p. 68b–p. 68b
[Danklied einer erlösten Seele] » Incipit: ‘Bendacht fora n-irnaigthi’ » Poem (9 stanzas) attributed to the spirit released from hell
p. 68bline 40–p. 68b
» “Account of the royal road of Alexander the Great” (source: Abbott)
p. 68b–p. 68b
» A memorandum / colophon for which Macalister offers the following transcription: In geimread do gab Donnchad o Ceindead i(n)d airdeaspog Caisil a tige, do sgribad so a tig Meic an Gabann an uramaig: Ben(n)acht do.(2)n. 2 R. A. S. Macalister, Lebor gabála Érenn: The book of the taking of Ireland, vol. 3 (1937): 199. In other words, the note states that it (?) was written during a certain winter when Donnchad Ó Ceindead (O’Kennedy) became archbishop of Cashel, and that this occurred ‘in the house of Cian mac an Gabann in Ormond.’ (Gwynn). Following O'Donovan, Gwynn explains that Donnchad, bishop of Killaloe, was a candidate for the archbishopric of Cashel, but in 1237 was denied the honour in favour of David mac Cellaig (Gwynn).
scribal addition x
p. 69bline 35–p. 70
» Homily on Michael the Archangel. Ends imperfect.

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.



R. A. S. Macalister, Lebor gabála Érenn: The book of the taking of Ireland, vol. 1 (1932): xxi–xxii.
R. A. S. Macalister, Lebor gabála Érenn: The book of the taking of Ireland, vol. 3 (1937): 199.
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.

Secondary sources (select)

Abbott, T. K., and E. J. Gwynn, Catalogue of the Irish manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis & Co, 1921.
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Gwynn remarks that pp. 97-104 (containing a fragment of LGÉ) “are of the same size (12" x 9½"), and in the same hand as pp. 67-70, and were therefore written about 1237, if we can trust the note on p. 68.” (source: Gwynn)
Dennis Groenewegen
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