Catalogue of Gaelic Manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland

© Ronald Black, 2011

Adv. MS 72.1.11

(Gaelic MS XI). MEDICAL.

Mackinnon, p.31; Mackechnie, p.147.

?16th cent. Vellum. 4 ff. Folio, 28 x 21 cms. Two bifolia, stitched with thread. Written in two columns by Feargus Ó Caiside in the house of Énrigh Ó Caiside, perhaps at a place called Faithche Caorach in co. Monaghan or Fermanagh (4r.a34; cf. Éigse 2, p.165). His hand is simple, small and neat. The sole marginalium, “amen”, 4r, may be by another hand. F.4v is partly illegible through staining and rubbing, the manuscript having been folded in half with the back outwards; the account of it below is therefore in some respects tentative. Not numbered by Major MacLachlan, and not listed in Mackintosh’s catalogue. Numbered 7 by Hugh Kerr, whose name or initials appear on every leaf. Foliation modern.

With the manuscript is a letter, 1 f., Thomas E. Cassidy, New Rochelle, N.Y., to the Curator of the Advocates’ Library, 4 July 1921, on the subject of a later Fergus O Cassidy and his descendants.


1r.a1 On APHORISMS of Hippocrates, cf. Adv.MS.72.1.10, f.1r.a37. Beg. In acutis morbis frigidtas extremitatum malum est edhon tindscainter ann so an .vii. pairtigeal dAmporismorum. Last section Beg. Sia febris habito tumore non existente. Ends 4r.a34 “is mar sin leighistear an neascoid darub ainm sginannsia maille re grasaib Dia 7 na healadhna. Finit. Amen. Feargus O Caisidi do sgrib so a tig Enrigh I Caisidi eiar faithchi caer ach Satharn roim la Lunusa 7rl-” (cf. Adv.MS.18.2.11, f.170v.a i). Represents book 7, nos.1–60. Also covered by Adv.MS.72.2.10, pp.1–56 (abridged version) and Adv.MS.18.2.11, ff.140–70. Authorities cited: Galen, Gilbertinus (G.b., 1v.a z, 2v.a19; Gill., 1v.b18), Constantinus (1v.b17), Avicenna, Theophilus (2r.b i), Martinus (3v.a40), Rogerus (4r.a18).

4r.a38 On crisis. Beg. Fiarfaigter ann so, an gluasacht oband gluasacht an faetaigti? Ends “gurab do ainmnigter an faethugud”. Authorities cited: Galen, Hippocrates, Avicenna.

4r.a54 On the four causes in Aristotelian logic. Beg. Scire est rem per quasum cognocire et cetera .i. as amlaid adeir an Feallsam. Ends “7 fadeoigh an cuis crichnaidhteach”.

4r.b13 Lanfranc’s teaching on diet. Beg. Langfrangcus adeir na briatra so sis.

4r.b19 On imposthumes. Beg. Fiarfaigter ann so, an easlainti a neasgoid? Ends “7 gailar continoideach. Finit”. Authorities cited: Galen, Avicenna, Constantinus.

4r.b39 On the voice and on coughing. Beg. Et ased as guth and gnim rouasal toileamail. Ends “aderur an cosachtach”. Galen cited.

4v.a3 On hiccupping. Beg. Singultus adhon in fail.

4v.a12 On the stomach. Beg. Ased as gaile ann doreir Galien a leabar Consantin don gaile.

4v.a19 On the elements’ control of medicines. Beg. Nod leat doreir Roigriani(?) co fuilid gneiti dona leiges aib.

4v.a44 On veins and arteries. Beg. Tractadh (ann) so arna tarring a le(a)bruib Laidian. Ends “a timceall bona na cluasi”.

4v.b47 Quiz on physical topics. Beg. (Ca) dath ata ar in teinidh? Ni ansa. Ni fuil dath uirri. Ends illegible.

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