Catalogue of Gaelic Manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland

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Adv. MS 33.4.11

KEATING’S HISTORY OF IRELAND

Mackechnie, p.2.


17th cent. Paper. vii + 183 ff. Folio. Scribe: Sémus Ó Gribín, who also wrote RIA 24 L 17, Keating’s Eochairagiath an Aifrinn. He completed the manuscript in March 1696 for Patrick Logan, schoolmaster at Lurgan. Bound in (ff.vi-vii) is a letter dated Lurgan, 17 August 1696, from Logan to an unnamed friend, consigning the manuscript to him for scholarly perusal and ultimate delivery to the Advocates Library: see Bernadette Cunningham and Raymond Gillespie: 'Patrick Logan and Foras Feasa ar Éirinn, 1696’, Éigse 32 (2000) 146-152. It thus became the first of the Advocates’ Gaelic manuscripts. Marginal notes in English (late 17th-cent. hand) occur at f.156v. A copy of Keating’s History was described by Donald Mackintosh in 1806 (Sir J. Sinclair, Poems of Ossian in the original Gaelic, vol.3, p.572) as in the possession of John Wright, Advocate (d. 1813). Bound in leather, tooled blind. Geoffrey Keating’s History of Ireland Foras Feasa ar Éirinn, is printed in Irish Texts Society vols. 4, 8, 9 and 15.

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1r “Díonbhrollach”.

18r Book 1. 109v, colophon, 21 January 1696.

110r Book 2.

174r i Genealogies. 183r i, colophon, 14 March 1696.

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