Annals of Tigernach

  • prose
  • Irish annals
Pre-Patrician sections
Annals ‘proper’
ff. 7r–14v, 15r–v, 16r–26v

Three fragments: AD 489–766 (ff. 7–14), AD c.973–1003 (f. 15) and AD 1018–1178 (ff. 16–26).

Copies which ultimately appear to go back to that from Rawl. B 488
ff. 113–164
Breaks off at AD 1407.
London, British Library, MS Egerton 104
ff. 2–?77
London, British Library, MS Egerton 94
prose (primary)
Associated items
Annals of Tigernach s.a. 1084.4Annals of Tigernach s.a. 1084.4Irish world chronicle, or the pre-Patrician sections of the Irish annalsIrish world chronicle, or the pre-Patrician sections of the Irish annals


Irish annalsannals and chronicles, Irish histories
Irish annals
id. 35113


Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The Annals of Tigernach [part 1]: the fragment in Rawlinson B. 502”, Revue Celtique 16 (1895): 374–419.
Internet Archive – offprint: <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The Annals of Tigernach [part 2]”, Revue Celtique 17 (1896): 6–33, 119–263, 337–420.  

‘Second fragment, AD 143–361’ (from Rawl. B 488, ff. 4-6), pp. 6-33 -- ‘Third fragment, AD 489–766’ (from Rawl. B 488 [not 482 as indicated], ff. 7-14), pp. 119–263 -- ‘The fourth fragment, AD 973–AD 1088’ (in fact, two fragments from Rawl. B 488), pp. 337–356 (fragment of f. 15), 356-420 (part of the next fragment, ff. 16–19ra).

CELT – Edition from pp. 120-263, 337-420: <link> Internet Archive – offprint: <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The Annals of Tigernach [part 3]: the continuation, AD 1088–AD 1178”, Revue Celtique 18 (1897): 9–59, 150–198, 267–303, 390–391 (corrigenda).  

Edition and translation of the remainder of the Annals of Tigernach in Rawl. B 488, ff. 19rb-26. Stokes described this section as a ‘continuation’ on the assumption that Tigernach, abbot of Clonmacnoise (d. 1088), was the chief compiler of the annals.

CELT – edition: <link> Internet Archive – offprint: <link> Internet Archive: <link>, <link>
[tr.] Mac Niocaill, Gearóid [tr.], “The Annals of Tigernach”, CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts, Online: University College Cork, 2010–. URL: <http://www.ucc.ie/celt/published/T100002A>. 
“The editor's text and corrections are retained. Dr Daniel P. Mc Carthy's date corrections are, with his kind permission, integrated into the electronic text. These chronologies are available at http://www.cs.tcd.ie/Dan.McCarthy/).”

Secondary sources (select)

Mc Carthy, Daniel P., The Irish annals: their genesis, evolution and history, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008.  
comments: Contents: Chronicles and annals: origins, compilation, taxonomy and nomenclature (p. 1); Witnesses to the annals: the primary manuscripts (18); Annalistic literature (61); World history in Insular chronicles (118); The Iona chronicle (153); The Moville and Clonmacnoise chronicles (168); Liber Cuanach and its descendants (198); The Armagh and Derry chronicles (223); The Connacht and Fermanagh chronicles (245); The Regnal-canon chronicles (271); Final compilation stages (304); Reliable annalistic chronology (342); Epilogue (355); Twelve centuries of Irish chronicling: from Bethlehem to Bundrowes (355); Necessity for a comprehensive analysis of chronicle features (357); Outstanding chronicle compilations (358); Manuscript witnesses to the annals (361); Survey of annalistic verse up to A.D. 1000 (364); The regnal-canon (368); Bibliography (375) and index (393).
Dennis Groenewegen
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