Baile Binnbérlach mac Búain

  • Middle Irish
  • prose, verse
  • Medieval Irish literature about poets
  • Middle Irish
prose, verse (primary)
Textual relationships
Related: Úar in lathe do Lum LaineÚar in lathe do Lum LaineOld Irish poem (9 qq) attributed to Ailbe. It is in the form of a dialogue between Tethna, daughter of king Cormac mac Airt, and her lover Lom Laine. Máirín O Daly, who edited the poem, has suggested that their names may be guises for Gráinne and Diarmait, as known from the early prose narrative of Finn and Gráinne.


Medieval Irish literature about poetsMedieval Irish literature about poets


Baile Binnbérlach mac BuainBaile Binnbérlach mac Buain
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Dál mBuainDál mBuain
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Dál nAraidi
Dál nAraidi
A kingdom of the Cruithni in north-east Ulster.

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Tráigh mBaileTráigh mBaile
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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.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], “Scél Baili Binnbérlaig”, Revue Celtique 13 (1892): 220–227. Corrigenda in Revue Celtique 17 (1896): 319.  
comments: For corrigenda, see Revue Celtique 17 (1896): 319.
CELT – edition: <link> CELT – translation: <link>
Based on Harleian 5280
[ed.] Hull, Vernam [ed.], “The text of Baile Binnbérlach mac Buain from MS 23.N.10 of the Royal Irish Academy”, Journal of Celtic Studies 1 (1950): 94–97.
Based on 23 N 10
[ed.] [tr.] OʼCurry, Eugene, Lectures on the manuscript materials of ancient Irish history, delivered at the Catholic University of Ireland during the sessions of 1855 and 1856, Dublin, 1861.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – Originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>, <link> Internet Archive – multiple copies: <link>
472–475 TCD 1337 version
[tr.] Ní Dhonnchadha, Máirín [ed.], “Gormlaith and her sisters, c. 750-1800”, in: Angela Bourke, Siobhán Kilfeather, and Maria Luddy [et al.] (eds), The Field Day anthology of Irish writing, vol. IV: Irish women's writing and traditions, Cork: Cork University Press, 2002. 166–249.
218–219 English translation based on that of O'Curry, with minor alterations.
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], Hibernica minora, being a fragment of an Old-Irish treatise on the Psalter, Anecdota Oxoniensia, Mediaeval and Modern Series, 8, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1894.
Internet Archive: <link> TLH – Erchoitmed ingine Gulidi (ed. and tr.): <link>
84 Fragment from Rawlinson B 512 direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Doran, Michelle, “Textual criticism and Baile Binnbérlach mac Búain”, in: Vincent Gillespie, and Anne Hudson (eds), Probable truth: editing medieval texts from Britain in the twenty-first century, 5, Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. 345–354.
Murray, Kevin, “Some thoughts on Baile Binnbérlach mac Búain”, in: Dan M. Wiley (ed.), Essays on the early Irish king tales, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008. 84–90.
Dennis Groenewegen
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February 2011, last updated: January 2024