Timna Chathaír Máir‘The testament of Cathaír Már’

  • Old Irish
  • Medieval Irish literature
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  • Old Irish: “Some of the late verbal forms in the Testament can readily be restored as Old Irish. Others would require drastic emendation, but these may be explained as due to improvisation by scribes writing from memory a poem they could no longer fully understand, or substituting late forms for forms long since obsolete. The Testament may have been composed as early as the eighth century, and it may derive from an oral tradition even more ancient” (Dillon).(1)n. 1 Myles Dillon, Lebor na Cert: The Book of Rights (1962): 148.
8th century(?). See Dillon above.
heptasyllabic, alliterative


    Medieval Irish literature


    Cathaír MórCathaír Mór (ass. time-frame: Cathaír Mór) – Cathaír Mór (earlier Catháer Már), legendary high-king of Ireland, ancestor figure of the Laigin
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    Myles Dillon, Lebor na Cert: The Book of Rights (1962): 148.

    Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

    [ed.] [tr.] Dillon, Myles [ed. and tr.], Lebor na Cert: The Book of Rights, Irish Texts Society 46, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 1962.
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    148–178 Appendix A direct link
    [ed.] [tr.] O'Donovan, John [ed. and tr.], Leabhar na g-Ceart, or the Book of rights, Dublin: Celtic Society, 1847.
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    192–203 direct link

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    Dillon, Myles, “The manuscript tradition of the Testament of Catháer Már”, in: O'Brien, Sylvester [ed.], Measgra i gcuimhne Mhichíl Uí Chléirigh .i. Miscellany of historical and linguistic studies in honour of Brother Michael Ó Cléirigh, O.F.M., Chief of the Four Masters, 1643-1943, Dublin, 1944. 201–209.
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