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MS 23 O 4

Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in The Royal Irish Academy


23 O 4

Medical, Religious, Miscellaneous

16th cent.? Vellum, average size 7¾ × 5½, but many leaves are smaller and of irregular shape. Pp. 58. The pagination goes wrong at p. 37, but the error is compensated at p. 43. Half-bound in green boards, leather back, gilt-lettered, "Ms. Hib. Memb." Inside front cover is pasted a slip from a sale-catalogue : "7. A small octavo book, 58 pages, written vellum. The subjects are miscellaneous, Historical, Religious, and Medical. The time of writing is various, from 1400 to 1507." The date 1400 seems arbitrary; 1507 is probably an error for 1567. The volume consists of fragments written by various hands, mainly perhaps in the 16th century. One fragment is dated 1567 (p. 26). The Life of S. Eustathius was written at Slemuin Mór (Slane) in Meath (p. 19). Names of scribes unknown. Written in double columns as far as p. 38. Rubricated capitals; pages much worn and blackened, in places quite illegible through damp and exposure. Recently interleaved. Inside flyleaf is number 938. Former Academy numbering 11/4.


1 . Blackened and illegible. Here begins according to O'Curry (Acad. Cat., p. 30) "a genealogical poem of about 300 verses on the families of the Breifnies, viz., the O'Rourkes, O'Reillys, McGaurans, etc, addressed to or written for Cathal O'Reilly, lord of Cavan, who died in the year 1161." Ends, p. 5, Cathal cosgrach anois 'na righ ar Chabhain(?) comdes: mor a spés ar ndenam rann, faicfid da és a oc-clann (the last word is doubtful). After this stanza: "Adám. O Cianain ro sgríb in duain." But the poem seems to be a joint production; the penultimate stanza says Gilla Beraig . . . in sai lan agmar leighis . . . lemsa ig denaibh na duaini.

6 . blank.

7 - 24 , col. a. In one hand, different from preceding. P. 7, beg. Incipit Speculum Peccatoris.i. is annso tinnscainter sgathan in peacaigh ⁊ a chairde inmhuine lerub toil in leghtoirecht so do eistecht. Ends, p. 16 b, l. 5, amen 7rla. Lacuna between pp. 8 and 9.

16 . "Beatha Eustasius so sis." Beg. Eustatsius naom darbo hainm ar tus Plasitus. See C. Plummer, Misc. Hagiogr., p. 258. Ends, p. 24 b, l. 5. The rest of this column is in a smaller hand.

19 , lower margin. "⁊ la fheil Martán aniugh ⁊ a Slemuin mor Midhe."

24 b, l. 6. Religious tract (19 ll.) beg. Secht tidluicthe in Spiraid naeim. Followed by 14 ll. on six points to be observed by priests, beg. Leighther ag Remunn ina suim fein. Four ll. from foot, pedigree of S. Moedhog of Drumlane and Ferns.

26 - 28 . Obliterated, except for stray words. P. 26 seems to deal with medicine. In left margin the date 1567.

29 . Fragment of a tract on cures for diseases of the eyes: beg., acephalous, ⁊ is on resun sin fhodnus i n-aigid na mesgi. Ends on p. 31 b.

29 , lower margin. Five lines of Latin, on indications of the sputum.

31 , 32 are torn and sewn with red thread. Same scribbles in top margin of p. 31.

31 , l. 13. Pasiones ani sunt 10 (Latin), in a later hand, very small.

32 . Almost illegible. L. 6, beg. Dolor epatis potest: cf. 472, p. 2.

33 to top of 39 is in another hand, without division into columns. P. 33 begins (acephalous) with prescriptions in Irish.

33 i. Erisipila .i. nech geneas o linn ruad.

34 , l. 5. "De cancro."

35 , l. 13 from foot. "Do gallraibh in gaile is laburtha sisana." Cp. 467, f. 2 v. Seems to end at p. 37, l. 8, but the preceding page (unnumbered) is illegible.

37 , l. 9. "Fobuirt andso."

38 , l. 3. Is iad so na nethe furailis fas an feoil na ndaine.

38 i. Beg, Dona hattairngib annso sis; on the medicinal properties of various herbs and foods, "attractive," laxative, astringent, etc. Ends at foot of p. 39, Dona neithib meithas in corp, aran, cruithneachta, bainde . . . Incomplete.

40 . On a small piece of parchment, fragment on colours of urine, beg., acephalous, "don .c. l. do met d. f. na briatra so." U num contrariorum est sicut priuacio relicorum. Ends, p. 41: bid fliuchaidecht an fuail co seim an tan sin. (Numbering passes from 41 to 43.)

43 . At top in another hand, the last 4 lines of a tract: . . . maillere fínegra ⁊ curtar fon imlican. At l. 5 a new tract, beg. Quandoque acidit apostema ex retencionis ⁊ c .i. is edh adeir Galienus annso co tic nescoid a macclucc o 4 cuisib.

44 , l. 7. Mola matrisis est duplex et setra.

45 , l. 12. Goniorria est anuoluntaria spermatis emissio.

46 , l. 5. Hoc fit in sdranguria. On diseases of the kidneys, bladder, and allied organs.

50 , l. 20. A short fragment, beg. Apostema quod an uisica. Incomplete.

51 . Another fragment, acephalous, occupied with definitions, ending (l. 20), Et ised is cuimne ann connmail daingen na nethe da tuc an inntamlacht ⁊ an resun. Finit. Amen.

ibid, l.22. Tract on movements of sun and moon in different months, beg. As e la thed grian ⁊ esga an aen comartha. Ends, p. 52, l. 8, d'es medhoin aidhchi. Finit. Amen.

52 , l. 9. Tract beg. Canditas dicitur duobus modis. Ends, p. 53: an uair ele 7rl. fínit. amen.

54 . Loquitur Isac de nature urinis questiones ⁊ cet. .i. is annso labras Isac do cheasduib an fhuail. A lacuna between p. 54 and p. 55. Ends, p. 55, l. 11, acht co haicidech. Finit.

55 , l. 12. On original principles from which Nature is formed, beg. Bith a fis agad gurub iat so tosaidhe na nadura.

56 , l. 19. Note on signs of the Zodiac: Saturnus a cead-teach, etc.

57 . Anon. Poem of 152 lines in praise of Edmond, son of James Butler, written (in the opinion of O'Curry, Acad. Cat., p. 32) perhaps about 1580, beg. Cuith do leandan, a lamh oir.