verse beg. Clanna Israél uili

  • Early Irish
  • verse
  • Early Irish poetry
Early Irish poem ascribed to Flann Fína mac Ossu, which relates how Mog Ruith beheaded John the Baptist.
Also known as The beheading of John the Baptist by Mog Ruith, from the title of A. M. Scarre's edition.
First words (verse)
  • Clanna Israél uili
Ascribed to: Aldfrith [king of Northumbria]Aldfrith ... king of Northumbria
(d. 704/705)
Flann Fína mac Ossu
Aldfrith son of Oswiu, king of Northumbria
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The last stanza credits Flann Fína mac Ossu with the composition of the poem.
  • Early Irish
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Early Irish poetryEarly Irish poetry


Legends of Mog Ruith, Simon Magus and John the Baptistapocryphal and pseudepigraphical literature
Legends of Mog Ruith, Simon Magus and John the Baptist
id. 61081
Mog RuithMog Ruith
Mug Roith, Mug Ruith
Legendary Irish magician from Munster, who was linked in Ireland to biblical and apocryphal traditions, notably as a pupil under Simon Magus and as one responsible for the beheading of John the Baptist. He appears in Irish genealogies as a descendant of Medb and her lover Fergus mac Roích and as an ancestor for Fir Maige Féine, in the area about present-day Fermoy.
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John the BaptistJohn the Baptist
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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.] Scarre, Annie M., “The beheading of John the Baptist by Mog Ruith”, Ériu 4 (1908–1910): 173–181.
TLH – edition: <link> TLH – translation: <link>
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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March 2014, last updated: December 2022