Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS D ii 1 Leabhar Uí Mhaine (The Book of Uí Maine)

  • Irish
  • 1394
  • Irish manuscripts
  • parchment
Collection: Stowe and Ashburnham collection
D ii 1
Cat. no. 1225
Leabhar Uí Mhaine (The Book of Uí Maine)
Also: Book of the O'Kellys; Book of Ó Dubhagáin.
manuscript miscellanies Irish narrative literature Irish poetry and verse (vernacular) Irish histories Irish genealogies
Provenance and related aspects
Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Main hand 1 (Ádhamh Cúisin)

One of two main scribes identified by Kathleen Mulchrone in the catalogue description is Ádhamh Cúisín (Adam Cusin) . His signatures and those of his fellow scribe Fáelán can be found on ff. 47r, 47v, 54v and 55v.

Ádhamh CúisínCúisín (Ádhamh)
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Main hand 2 (Fáelán Mac a' Gabann na Scél)

The second main scribe identified by Kathleen Mulchrone is Fáelán Mac a' Gabann na Scél (d. 1423 AFM).

Fáelán Mac a' Gabann na ScélMac a' Gabann na Scél (Fáelán)
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Other hands.

At least four other hands have been detected (see Macalister and Ó Muraíle).

Ó Ceallaigh (Muircheartach)
Ó Ceallaigh (Muircheartach)
(d. c.1407)
Bishop of Clonfert and archbishop of Tuam (since 1393/94).

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Codicological information
Table of contents

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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.

[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: <>.
[facs. ed.] Macalister, R. A. S. [ed.], The Book of Uí Maine, otherwise called the Book of the O’Kelly’s, Facsimiles in Collotype of Irish Manuscripts, 4, Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1942.
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Neue Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften: Das Buch der Húi Maine”, Archiv für celtische Lexikographie 2 (1904): 138–146.
Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

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. 6, 3314–3356 [id. 1225.]
Ó Muraíle, Nollaig, “Leabhar Ua Maine alias Leabhar Uí Dhubhagáin”, Éigse 23 (1989): 167–195.
OʼSullivan, William, “The Book of Uí Maine formerly the Book of Ó Dubhagáin: scripts and structure”, Éigse 23 (1989): 151–166.
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