SMAOINTE BEATHA CHRÍOST
18th cent. Paper. 20.5 x 16 cms. Ff. 96 (now numbered in pencil). Half of f. 2 has been tom out and at least one leaf of text has been cut away with others at end; part of a following leaf survives and bears rough notes in Irish and Latin. Scribe: Labhras O Cathaian, Baile Mhic Íolod, [Co. Louth] (f. 1).
Bound in vellum cover bearing title 'Vita Christi, No 17' and labelled with press-marks A. 19 [altered to A 20] and G XXVIII. Sheets of paper formerly stitched with leather to both covers have now been loosed and contain the following items in verse: (1)Iomdha éacht do ní an teag mur shaoiluim. 83 11. Elegy for Catrína Nic Mhathamhna, who died in 1711. (2) (Ol)c an sgeal mo lean do sgaoiludh. 79 11. Elegy for Pádraig (mac Seóirse) Táth, who died in 1706. (3) Is maith chum sgriosta gáridh. 72 11. (4) Do chaill Eire céile fíre. 152 11. Elegy for Eoghan Ruadh Ó Néill, who died in 1647; ed. by É. Ó Muirgheasa, Céad de cheoltaibh Uladh (Baile Atha Clíath 1915) no. 7. Poems (1) and (2) ed. Clogher Record 1968, 618-25.
Marginalia: (a) 1 r i. 'Hugonites are very mischivious to religion'. Foll. lower down by a line of writing in Irish (largely illegible). (b) 52 r i (inverted). Per (?) John Russell. (c) 69 v, left margin. 'From Adam Lions' (?), 'I serve you with all my might'. (d) 96 v, upper margin. 'Laurentus McMahon his hand'. (e) Inside back cover. 'Bonra. Bovlan, his book . . .', Thimmothy Mellan'. Other scribblings on ff. 1 v, 51 v, 96 r, 96 v, and inside both covers.
MS previously described by C. Ó Maonaigh, Smaointe beatha Chríost (Baile Átha Clíath 1944) xxviii.
1 r. Title-page: 'Ag so béatha agus bás ar slánaíghtheóra Íosa Críosda ar na sgríobha le Labhras O Cathalan nóbhist dórd S Frónsías, ar na tionsgáinn an 20amh lá don mbhí 8tóber an bhliaghainn 1710 [over erasure of original date] a mBaile mic. Íolod'.
1 v. 'Approbation' in Irish. Signed Breógháin Ua Caiside dochtuir díadha, Antóin Ua Dadhiladh leughthóir díadha, Paddruig Ua Coindeilbhan doctúir leighes, Tóirbhuillach O Murchu, Seagan O Dúthi, Seamúis Ó Cathaláin. Foll. by 'Áit+an tséula'. Printed Ó Maonaigh, loc. cit. This approbation suggests that it was intended to publish the work (ibid.).
5 r 3. [SMAOINTE BEATHA CHRÍOST.] Beg. Tionnsgnaim anois tosach na suimisi ó gheineamhain an Tighearna. Ends (f. 96 r i). 7 ní theasdaicchenn moladh na conach uatha in secula seculorum Amen. Fínis. do Bhethaidh Chriosd. Foll. by instructions for the division of the Life for reading every day of the week, breaking off (f. 96 v i) at point corresponding to Ó Maonaigh, 1. 6053.