Additions to the collection of Irish manuscripts at Mount Melleray abbey

Éigse 30 (1997 [1998]) 92-108

MS 16


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19th cent. Paper. 17 × 10.5 cm. Pp. 146, numbered (in pencil) 71- 142, 1-70 (skipping two pages between 67 and 68, and two pages after 70 (now numbered 70a and 70b); see below). Scribe: Minnie Prendergast (Pender) (pp. 18, 25, 73), Salterbridge (p. 18) and Monovougga (p. 25), Co. Waterford, 1887 (p. 25), 1888 (pp. 73, 132, 137, 140).

Bound in boards (taken from `Commissioners of National Education Fourth Reading Book') with crude cloth spine. Four gatherings of eighteen (pp. 70a-70b a singleton), gatherings i-ii misbound after iv; chasm between gatherings iii and iv. Machine-ruled, 14 lines. Irish script pp. 52-9, 65-79; phonetic script pp. 35-7.

Notes and jottings: (a) 19. Pencil-drawing of three women. (b) 22.9-10, interlinear. `Bridget Doyle Kildare.' (c) 26. Geometric pencil-drawing of flower. (d) 26, lower margin, inverted. `Tri aois an tiomaire criac ó theacht na dile go deire an domhan 656 years.'


1. `Englishman Irishman Scotchman.' An Englishman an Irishman and a Scotchman too one day. 8 stt., st. 2 defective.

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5.8. `The exiles return.' Sons of old green isle pay attention for a while. 7 stt.

8.9. `Patrick Brady.' My name is Patrick Brady I was born of a high degree. 7 stt. 10.11. `Isabella the barber's [MS barrers] daughter.' When you hear my ditty. 8 stt.

15. `Little Jane and her Brother.' Come little folks attend to me. 24 stt. `Minnie Prendergast / Salterbridge / Cappoquin / Co. Waterford / Ireland' (pencil).

19. `Oro pro nobis: Song Piccolomini.' Out of the dark and dreary street. Breaks off with st. 1.

20. `A cure for the chin cough.' Beg. 4d worth of the oil. Ends with page.

21. `Nuts to crack.' Notes on word-games.

22.x. Poets who o'er nature rave. 8 stt. `C. Hemmings / Minnie Pender July 11th 87 / Monovougga / Mt Melleray Cappoquin.'

26. `Be thorought [sic].' Whatsoever you find to do. 2 stt.

27. Sing, o [my?] tongue devoutly sing. 8 stt.

31. `A new song on the mother's lament for her children / Written by Patrick Connelly.' Oh Johnny my darling yow [sic] are going to leave me. 6 stt.

35. `The Irish Courtship.' I am a young fellow that ran out of my land and means. 11 stt., macaronic.

38-57. Material copied from NLI MS G 1103, pp. 1-12.

58-64. Material copied from MS 15 (b), pp. 9.6 - 11.

65. `Aonach Bhearna na Gaoithe / The fair of Windgap / Tomas [MSTonas] an Cheodh.' Bhídh diversion aorach air an aonach. 16 stt. `Crioc.'

70b.4. Nuair ridhaim [sic] go tigh an oil. 1 q., with English version: When to the ail house I repair.

71. Acephalous, beg. here, A mhéirlig shallach na lúab. 12 + [chorus] 1 stt.; dialogue between Seán and a fox. (Scribal signature p. 73, lower margin: `Miss Minnie Prendergast Jan 29th 88'.)

77. Goguidhe ó gaog ca ndeanfad mo nea[d]. 9 stt. `Crioc agus deire.'

80. `A new song called the Scotch Brigade.' On the banks of the Clyde stood a lad & his lassie. 4 stt.

82. `The risin of the moon / Air the wearing of the green.' Oh then tell me Shawn O Farrell. 5 stt.

85. `Willie O.' One day in my rambles and I going to a ball. 6 stt. Mentions `Cappoquin and the Blackwater side'.

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87. `O Brien.' You sons of the Shamrock so witty. Breaks off with st. 6.

89. `Before the battle / words by Thomas Moor [sic].' By the hope within us springing. 2 stt. Foll. (p. 91) by: `Wishes and wishes'. Oh know ye the wish of the true the true. 3 stt. Foll. (p. 93) by: `After the battle'. Night closed around the conquerors way. 2 stt.

94. `I'm a rough and ready fellow.' I'm a rough and ready fellow. 4 stt.

96.11. `The green above the red / air - Irish Molly Ó.' Full often when our fathers saw the red above the green. 4 stt. 99. `Rory of the hill.' That [rake up near the rafters] why [leave it there so long]. 7 stt.

105. `O Donnell abu / A.D. 1594.' Proudly the note of the trumpet is sounding. 4 stt., numbered.

107.11. `Watch and wait.' Watch and wait boys watch and wait. 2 stt.

109. `The rakes of Mallow.' Beauing, belling, dancing, drinking. 7 stt.

111. `Peggy O Raffert [sic].' Oh could I fly like the green coated fairy. 7 stt. `end of this.'

113. `O Connell and the Irish tinkers in London.' You sons of the shamrock give air to my ditty. 8 stt.

117.9. `Dreadful shipwreck.' Of a terrible shipwreck we are told. 7 stt.

119.10. `The game of cards.' You true sons of Erin draw near me. 7 stt.

123.10. `The Black Horse.' Come all you airy bachelors a warning by me take. 6 stt.

125.8. `The shamrock shore.' You muses nine with me combine. 5 stt.

128.6. `The glorious victory / 7 Irishmen.' All you that love the shamrock green. 12 stt.

132. As long as Ireland shall pretend. 14 lines. `Tuesday June 5th 1888.'

133. So heaven ordains, love must to duty yield. 8 lines.

133.8. When the moon is round aggain [sic]. 4 stt.

135. `The smiles of Cherry Brandy.' Come one and all my merry boys. 4 + (`chorus') 1 stt. `5/6/88.'

137.9. `The Bachelor.' Lightly he strolled by the gay cliff brink. 5 stt. `14/6/88.' Pp. 141-2 blank.