section of the Yellow Book of Lecan
Miscellany. Numbering 99 ff, this is the longest section in the composite manuscript now known as the Yellow Book of Lecan. It has been suggested that it would have belonged to the ‘Yellow Book of Lecan proper’ (the manuscript that originally bore this name), of which section 10 (cols 370–400) is one gathering.
Provenance and related aspects
1390 x 1417
Giolla Íosa Mac Fhir BhisighMac Fhir Bhisigh (Giolla Íosa) (fl. c. 1390–1418) – No short description available
mostly written by Giolla Íosa Mac Fhir Bhisigh
Page numbers are those of the facsimile edition.
At the beginning, one leaf appears to be lost
p. 17a–p. 53a = col. 573–col. 644
p. 41 = col. 620
↳ » Account of Ailill's and Medb's heroes
col. 649line 47–col. 658line 41
p. 62 = col. 662
» Account of the Patriarchs (Old Testament)
[Longes Labrada (ACC)
] » Untitled in the manuscript. Story of the exile and return of Labraid ‘Lorc’ Loingsech, which here occurs as an appendix to the commentary on the term céis
in line 20 of the poem.
p. 74aline 31 = col. 690line 31–col. 691
[Scéla Labrada Luirc
] » Untitled in the manuscript, this tale forms another appendix to the commentary on line 20 of the poem.
p. 86 = col. 707
[Immram Snédgusa ocus Maic Riagla
] » Alternative version, here called Eachtrae clerech Choluimcille
("The adventures of Columcille's clerics"). Cf. the different version at col. 391.
p. 91aline 1–p. 104a line 17 = col. 716line 1–col. 739line 17
» Lacuna between between pp. 731-732. Four paper leaves were here in O'Donovan's time, but have been transferred to the end of the book. One leaf tells of Brian Boru.
p. 105a–p. 109b = col. 740–col. 749
p. 109line 20 = col. 749line 20
p. 113line 47 = col. 756line 47
p. 105line 6 = col. 759line 6–col. 765line 44
p. 117 = col. 765–col. ...
p. 119line 36 = col. 768line 36
p. 120line 24 = col. 770bline 24
p. 121aline 40 = col. 772line 40–col. 773
p. 121b = col. 773–col. 774
p. 122a = col. 774–col. 775
p. 123line 47 = col. 776line 47
[Aided Chon Roí
] » "The violent death of Cú Roí", on the deaths of Cú Roí mac Dáire and Blathnát
p. 125line 27 = col. 780line 27
p. 125line 43 = col. 781line 43
p. 126line 126 = col. 782line 126
» Assembly of Druim Cet
p. 126bline 44 = col. 783line 44
p. 127bline 21 = col. 785line 21
[In tan nothéigmis don dáil
] » Incipit: ‘In tan nothēigmis don dāil
’ » Elegy on the death of Niall of the Nine Hostages. 15 ranns.
p. 128aline 46–p. 132b = col. 786line 46
p. 133aline 21–p. 133b = col. 796line 21
p. 133bline 12 = col. 797line 12
[Scéla Guairi meic Colmáin ocus Meic Teléne
] » Story about the Munsterman Mac Teléne, who appears before Guaire Aidne, king of Connacht, and boasts of the superiority of Munster. He is sent to prison until his claims are verified by three Munstermen, including Mac Dá Cherda and Cummíne Fota.
p. 135line 34 = col. 800line 34
p. 136 = col. 802
» Stories about Mac Dé (and Diarmait mac Cerbaill)
p. 136line 22 = col. 803line 22
» The Conversion of Constantine and the Finding of the Cross
p. 137line 13 = col. 805line 13
p. 138line 7 = col. 806line 7
» On King Salemon of Greece
p. 138line 8 = col. 807line 8
» On the beheading of the John the Baptist and poem on the four Herods by the poet Bran. Cf. the tale of col. 849.
p. 139line 9 = col. 808line 9
p. 140line 40 = col. 810line 40
» Description of the Banqueting Hall at Tara. Cf. col. 244.
p. 140line 23 = col. 811line 23
» Poem on the sons of King Cormac mac Airt; short notes on St Patrick
p. 141 = col. 812–col. 823
» Passion of the Lord
p. 154line 19 = col. 839line 19
» Homily of the Blessed Virgin. Ends imperfect.
p. 157 = col. 844–col. 846
[Scél saltrach na rann
] » Fragment. “Account of the fall of the Angels and the expulsion of Adam from Eden” (Abbott)
» “a request to the reader to pray for the scribe Mac Firbis” (Abbott)
p. 161–p. 163 = col. 852–col. 857
» 'Dialogue of the Soul and Body'
p. 163 = col. 857
» Word from the scribe, Giolla Íosa Mór Mac Fhirbhisigh in 1380.
scribal addition Scribal note
p. 164 = col. 858
» Short story about St. Colum Cille and Aidan son of Gabrán
p. 164a = col. 858line 23
p. 165 = col. 860
» Life of Gregory
p. 166line 38 = col. 863line 38
p. 169line 9 = col. 869line 9
» Homily on Michael the Archangel
p. 169 = col. 869b
» Poem, 15 quatrains, and description of the 17 wonders on the night of Christ's birth
scribal addition with memorandum by a later Mac Firbis.
p. 171 = col. 869cd–col. 875
p. 174line 28 = col. 875line 28–col. 876line 5
p. 175line 6 = col. 876line 6
p. 175line 28 = col. 877line 28
p. 176line 47 = col. 878line 47
p. 177a–p. 179b = col. 880–col. 885
p. 179bline 26–p. 180a = col. 885line 26
p. 180line 48 = col. 886line 48–col. 889
p. 181line 26 = col. 889line 26
p. 186line 10 = col. 898line 10–col. 906
p. 188line 41 = col. 902line 41
p. 190line 9 = col. 906line 9
» Note by the scribe Giolla Íosa Mór Mac Fhirbhisigh
scribal addition Scribal note
p. 191 = col. 908–col. 909
p. 191bline 12–p. 192b = col. 909line 12
[Aided Nath Í ocus a adnacol
] » MS heading: ‘Suigidud Tellaig na Cruachna so.
’ » Here entitled Suidigud Tellaig na Cruachna
("The settling of the manor of Cruachan")
p. 192line 4 = col. 910line 4
» Ascribed to: Torna Éces » Poem ascribed to Torna Éces (Éices), on pre-Christian kings of Ireland buried on Cruachán (Croghan); on burial places in Tailtiu (Teltown)
p. 193line 42 = col. 913line 42
p. 194line 24 = col. 914line 24
p. 195 = col. 916line 1–col. 916line 29
[Trí hollamain Chondacht
] » Prose story about three Connacht poets, Mac Líacc (chief poet of Brian Boru), Mac Coise and Flann mac Lonáin, which serves to introduce the poem on Slíab Echtge.
p. 195line 30 = col. 916line 30
[Dinnshenchas of Slíab Echtge II
] » Ascribed to: Flann mac Lónáin » Poem beg. Áibind, áibind, Echtge ard
= Sliab nEchtga II
, poem on the dinnshenchas
of Slíab Echtge.
p. 195b = col. 917–col. 918
p. 196line 31 = col. 919line 31
p. 197 = col. 920–col. 938
p. 205line 11 = col. 938line 11
p. 206line 8 = col. 939line 8
p. 207line 8 = col. 942line 8
p. 209 = col. 945
[Cath Maige Rath
] » "The Battle of Mag Rath". Cf. the longer version at col. 321-332.
p. 211aline 40–p. 212a = col. 949line 40–col. 951
] » MS heading: ‘In ceas naighean Uladh
’ » ‘The debility of the Ulstermen’, but here entitled In Ceas Naigen
p. 212aline 8 = col. 951line 8
[Bruiden Átha Í
] » MS heading: ‘Bruighean athas
’ » An early story of the Finn Cycle
p. 212aline 34 = col. 951line 34–col. 952?
[Scéla Fiachna meic Báetáin
] » ‘The story of Fiachna mac Báetáin’, also known as How Fiachna mac Baedáin obtained the Kingdom of Scotland
p. 213line 38 = col. 953line 38
p. 214line 12–p. 215 = col. 957line 12–col. 958
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.