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MS 2

Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in Mount Melleray Abbey Co. Waterford

MS 2

An Scáthán Spioradálta

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18th cent. Paper. 15 × 9.5 cm. Pp. [ii] + 354, scribal pagination 1 -331 (repeating 125 and 233 [233 and 233a below]) now continued in pencil to end; for missing pages see below. Scribe: Michael O Call[...] (see Introduction, n. 6), 1733 (p. 331 ).

Bound in half leather, now very worn. Blind tooling, with traces of gold-tooling; and ‘MANUSCRIPT’ on spine. Initials ‘PM’ scratched on leather on front cover. Three endpapers front and back. First front endpaper partially attached to inside front cover. Gathered in eights: iv wants 8 (stub survives between pp. 60 and 61), vii wants 2 (stub survives between pp. 80 and 81), xi wants 8 (stub survives between pp. 153 and 154), xx wants 8 (between pp. 294 and 295), xxiii wants 6 and 7 (between pp. 332 and 333), xxv wants 8 (after p. 356); loss of text in xxiii where defective; v (pp. 61-2) a singleton; xxi (pp. 295-306) a six; xxiv (pp. 335-42) a four. Ruled in dry point, margins occasionally ruled in pencil; 18-24 lines; running titles; catchwords. Margins cropped with occasional loss of pagination and running title.

Notes and jottings: (a) first front endpaper, verso, transversely, line 1. ‘Bridget Kennedy of Ardfinan.’ (b) first front endpaper, verso, transversely, lines 2-4. ‘Birmingham / Command your mind from play / contentme[...]’ (cropped). (c) first front endpaper, verso, transversely, between lines 2 and 3. ‘Ellon[...]’ (cropped). (d) second front endpaper, recto. ‘Riostard O Cinneide / Aith Cliath.’ (e) second front endpaper, recto, transversely. ‘Michael.’ (f) second front endpaper, verso, transversely. ‘James O Donnell

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of Killcommon.’ (g) third front endpaper, recto, transversely. ‘Leabhar Eadhmon Mr Edmond O’. (h) third front endpaper, recto, inverted. ‘The Spiritual Mirror / Dear Friend.’ (i) [i]. ‘An Scathan Spriodal[ta] / The Gift of the Revd Mr John Purfield Vicar of Duleek may God Grant him peace and all th[e] faithfull and me Grace to follow the Instructions of this Book / Amen / Chr Tieling / Bellewstown January 1st 1795.’ (j) [ii]. ‘Mainistir arna déanamh re naobh Pádraig aig Loch Dearg d'órd St Augustin 153 / Vinsentius mar údar ar seo 152’ (references to pages in text). (k) 1.5. ‘Scath.’ (l) first back endpaper, verso. ‘of Londonderry / Phill[...]’ (stained). (m) first back endpaper, verso, inverted. ‘Suim.’ (n) second back endpaper, recto, inverted. ‘Now [...]’ (stained). (o) second back endpaper, verso, transversely. ‘T T.’ (p) third back endpaper, recto, transversely. Is milis comhrad an fhir 1 q., foll. by couplet beg. If you be poor be sure [no freedom] make. (q) third back endpaper, recto, transversely, line 5. ‘I am now / T [...].’ Jotting (j) possibly scribal.


[i -ii]. See above.

1 . ‘AN SCATHAN SPIORADALTA / toiseach ar chrioch na beatha daondha / An chead chomhradh.’ Beg. A dhiosgiobhail ghradhaigh ansna laitaibh do cuaidh tharain do cuirios chugham ceiste roeifeachtach. ‘An dara comhradh’ (35.3); ‘An treas comhradh’ (58.7); ‘An ceithriomh comhradh’ (77.9); ‘An cuigadh comhradh’ (112.z); ‘An seasamh comhradh’ (144.5); ‘An seachtmhadh comhradh’ (172.3); ‘An tochtmhadh comhradh’ (196.15); ‘An 9mh. comhradh’ (220.15); ‘An Xamh comhradh’ (233a.2); ‘An taonadh comhradh X’ (250.11); ‘An dara comhradh X’ (260.z); ‘An 3amh comhradh X’ (281.6); ‘An 4amh comhradh X’ (306.12); ‘An 5amh comhradh X’ (317.2). Ends (p. 331 ) mar sgriobhthar a moran desiomplaraibhgo spesialta mar adeir Vincensius De Valensa. ‘Finis / ar na sgrioba le Michael O Call[...] an 23 lá [daois an Tigearna cancelled] do mhi December 1733.’ Further colophons: ‘aic sin deireadh leis aní ceadna’ (172.2); ‘Críochnaighim an so an seachtamh comhradh’ (196.13); ‘Agus aic sin deireadh ris an 9mh comhradh’ (233.z); ‘⁊ aic sin crioch na heiseirghe ⁊ na comharthaigh céadna’ (260.x); ‘⁊ aic sin briathra Ricardus go soice sin. Criochnaighiom an 2m comradh dég’ (281.4). P. 332 blank. Foll. (p. 333) by: ‘An Clar’ (acephalous, see above)

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beg. ‘[Comhrádh 2.]6 go dé an ní é an bás? 47’, ending p. 351. ‘Finis.’ Pp. 352-6 blank.