Aberdeen, University Library, MS 1079 Froinsias Ó Maolmhuaidh, Lochran na gcreidmheach

  • Irish
  • s. xviiiex or later
  • Irish manuscripts
  • paper
A copy of the Irish catechism Lochran na gcreidmheach (1676) authored by Froinsias Ó Maolmhuaidh (Francis Molloy, Irish Franciscan monk of St Isidore's, Rome).
Provenance and related aspects
s. xviiiex or later
Late 18th century, or possibly somewhat later
Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Hand (anonymous) Anonymous.
Codicological information


Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

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Secondary sources (select)

University of Aberdeen: Library, special collections and museums, Online: University of Aberdeen, ...–present. URL: <>.
[‘MS 1079’] direct link
Sharpe, Richard, “Franciscan copies of Lucerna fidelium. Lóchrann na gcreidmheach in Ireland”, in: Caoimhín Breatnach, Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail, and Gordon Ó Riain (eds), Lorg na leabhar: a Festschrift for Pádraig A. Breatnach, Dublin: National University of Ireland, 2019. 332–342.  

Focused primarily on the nine copies of Francis O’Molloy’s Lucerna Fidelium (Rome, 1676) that were transferred from the Franciscan House of Studies to UCD in 2017, the discussion shows how they reflect the two phases in the distribution of the book, initially from Rome in the first thirty years after publication, and then in a second phase following the purchase of the unsold stock by Hodges & Smith in 1845. A copy now in Collegio S. Isidoro in Rome provides evidence for contemporary despatch to religious houses in Ireland, while the later distribution supplied many modern Franciscan houses in Ireland. In changed times these institutions have closed or given up their libraries, and the books were centralized at the House of Studies until that too ceased to function. UCD Special Collections has become their place of safety, but Catholic books remain at risk in many small institutions.

MacKechnie, John, Catalogue of Gaelic manuscripts in selected libraries in Great Britain and Ireland, 2 vols, Boston, Massachusetts: Hall, 1973.
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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