Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 24 P 33 Leabhar Chlainne Aodha Buidhe

  • Irish
  • c. 1680 and ff.
  • Irish manuscripts
  • paper

Irish verse, genealogies and other tracts.

Collection: MacAdam and Reeves collection
24 P 33
Leabhar Chlainne Aodha Buidhe
duanairí Irish genealogies
Provenance and related aspects
c. 1680 and ff.
c. 1680 and later.
Origin, provenance
Origin: Ulster
Ulster/Cúige Uladh
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The greater part of the MS was written for Cormac Ó Neill in 1680.
Provenance: ass. with Brownlow (Arthur)
Brownlow (Arthur)
Anglo-Irish landowner at Lurgan (Co. Armagh) whose collection of Irish manuscripts attracted the attention of Edward Lhuyd in 1699.

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To judge by p. 25, the MS passed into Arthur Brownlow’s hands in 1689.
Later provenance: Calculations with the date 1744 are scribbed on pp. 42–43, “suggest that the ms. had again changed hands by that time”.
Later provenance: Ireland
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ass. with O'Conor (Charles) [of Ballinagare]
O'Conor (Charles) ... of Ballinagare
Charles O'Conor, of Belanagare (Co. Roscommon), Irish scholar

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Rawdon (John) [1st earl of Moira]
Rawdon (John) ... 1st earl of Moira
First earl of Moira (Co. Down)

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The note written by Charles O'Conor on p. 204 suggests the MS was in the hands of Lord Moira (Tighearna Mhuighe Rath) in 1765. The (first) earl of Moira at this time was John Rawdon.
Later provenance: Ireland
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ass. with Reeves (William)
Reeves (William)
Irish antiquarian scholar; bishop of the Anglican see of Down, Connor and Dromore; keeper of the Armagh Public Library

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As the first leaf added at binding suggests, the MS passed into the hands of William Reeves.
Hands, scribes
The following is based on RIA’s catalogue description.
Hands indexed:
Hand a (pp. 43–98, Ó Cléirigh)

The hand of pp. 43–98 (genealogies of Irish saints) and possibly quatrains on 31.m and 32.i, is identified in the catalogue description as that of Mícheál Ó Cléirigh. No signature.

Mícheál Ó CléirighÓ Cléirigh (Mícheál)
(d. 1643)
O'Clery (Michael)
Irish scholar, historian and scribe.
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Hand b (pp. 99–147.m, 161–203, 206–222, 243–284, Ó hUiginn)

Main hand. According to the catalogue description, the hand of pp. 99–147.m, 161–203, 206–222, 243–284 belongs to the Ruaidhri Ua Huiccinn whose colophon appears on p. 172.i: Um sgitheach d'aithle ar sgriobhus aniú a nGort an Chairnn an xvii la do mhí June 1680. Ruaidhri Ua Huiccinn mac Cairbre mic Seaain .i. O Huiginn an Tearmoinn ro sgriobh an leabhur so do Chormac mac Airt Óig Uí Neill, Dia da cumhdach slán. It follows from this that he wrote for Cormac mac Airt Óig Uí Neill in 1680.

Ruaidhrí mac Cairbre Ó hUiginnÓ hUiginn (Ruaidhrí mac Cairbre)
Entry reserved for but not yet available from the subject index.

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Hand c (secondary, O'Conor) (c) “Charles O'Conor of Belanagare has added some quatrains and his signature, another note written by him occurs at p. 204, and annotations at pp. 112, 121.” Charles O'Conor [of Ballinagare]O'Conor (Charles) ... of Ballinagare
O'Conor (Charles) ... of Belanagare
Charles O'Conor, of Belanagare (Co. Roscommon), Irish scholar
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Hand d (p. 239, Ó Rodaighe)

“P. 239 was written by (d) Tadhg Ó Rodaighe whose name occurs at foot.”

Tadhg Ó RodaigheÓ Rodaighe (Tadhg)
(c. 1645–1706)
O'Roddy (Thaddeus)
Irish antiquarian
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Hand e (pp. 147.i–155, 224–227, 235–238)


Hand f (pp. 287–292) No signature.
Hand g (pp. 33, 34, 41, 233, 236)

“pp. 33, 34, 41, 233, 236 (English writing) were probably written by Arthur Brownlow (g).”

Arthur BrownlowBrownlow (Arthur)
Anglo-Irish landowner at Lurgan (Co. Armagh) whose collection of Irish manuscripts attracted the attention of Edward Lhuyd in 1699.
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Hand h (pp. 31, 32, 37, 39)

“The biographical notes on pp. 31, 32, 37, 39 appear to have been written by Cormac Ó Neill (h), the original owner of this book”.

Cormac mac Airt Óig Ó NeillÓ Neill (Cormac mac Airt Óig)
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Hand i (pp. 35, 36, 205, 229–231)

“pp. 35, 36, 205, 229-231 were perhaps written by Felim (?) O Neill (i), whose name appears on pp. 205, 231.”

Felim Ó Néill [uncertain]Ó Néill (Felim) ... uncertain
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Hand j (p. 27)

“There remains the English writing on p. 27 (j) : a previous cataloguer (Unpub. Notebooks 144-147) has suggested that this was written by O’Dornin who worked for Brownlow (cf. I.B.L. xxiv, 2), but the paper of this page is like that of the following (watermark 1810), and O’Dornin died in 1768 (loc. cit.).”

Codicological information
11.5 ″ × 6.8 ″
Except for pages 241–294, which measure c.7.25 inch in width.
Distinct units
pp. 1-24
Dublin, Royal Irish Acade…  pp. 1-24

Leaves added at binding, of which the first contains a list of Irish manuscript collections (William Reeves).

pp. 295-322
Dublin, Royal Irish Acade…  pp. 295-322

Blank pages inserted at binding.

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[dig. img.] “Royal Irish Academy”, Anne-Marie OʼBrien, and Pádraig Ó Macháin, Irish Script on Screen (ISOS) – Meamrám Páipéar Ríomhaire, Online: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1999–present. URL: <>.

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Mulchrone, Kathleen, Thomas F. OʼRahilly, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, and A. I. Pearson, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, 8 vols, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1926–1970.  
8 volumes: Vol. 1, pp. 1–654 (fasc. 1-5) -- Vol. 2, pp. 655–1294 (fasc. 6-10) -- Vol. 3, pp. 1295–1938 (fasc. 11-15) -- Vol. 4, pp. 1939–2578 (fasc. 16-20) -- Vol. 5, pp. 2579–3220 (fasc. 21-25) -- Vol. 6, pp. 3221–3500 (fasc. 26-27) -- Vol. 7 (index 1) -- Vol. 8 (index 2).
Vol. 5 (fasc. 24), 3005–3013 [id. 1076.]
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