Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1318 Unit: section 10, cols 370-400Fragment of the Yellow Book of Lecan ‘proper’

  • Irish
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum

The part of the composite manuscript now known as the Yellow Book of Lecan that bears the title [Leabh]ar buidhe Leacain ‘The yellow book of Lecan’. It is known for containing a number of early Irish voyage tales (immrama).

Part of
Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1318 (H 2. 16, 1318) = Yellow Book of Lecan (Leabhar Buidhe Lecain) [s. xiv–xv]
Fragment of the Yellow Book of Lecan ‘proper’
Irish narrative literature
Provenance and related aspects
Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Main hand

Anonymous. The hand has been identified in other manuscript fragments, RIA MSS D v 1, D iv 1 and D i 3 and Rawl. B 488, ff. 1-26 (e.g. see Oskamp 1975).

Anglo-Irish hand (col. 400.i)

A Latin note written in Anglo-Irish script and dated to the 15th century occurs at the end of the manuscript (col. 400 inf). It reads Iste liber in se continet centum lxv folia, suggesting that the original numbered 165 leaves.(1)n. 1 Hans P. A. Oskamp, ‘The Yellow Book of Lecan proper’, Ériu 26 (1975).(2)n. 2 William O'Sullivan, ‘Ciothruadh’s Yellow Book of Lecan’, Éigse 18 (1981).

Annotator (Ciothruadh)

Sometime during the early 16th century (1510 x 1530), Ciothruadh mac Taidhg Ruaidh, usually identified as belonging to the Mac Fhir Bhisigh family, adds a footnote (now only half-legible) to cols 380–81, in which he gives the title of the manuscript as  <Leabh>ar buidhe Leacain ‘The yellow book of Lecan’.(1)n. 1 Hans P. A. Oskamp, ‘The Yellow Book of Lecan proper’, Ériu 26 (1975): 102, 116, 119.

Ciothruadh mac Taidhg Ruaidh Mac Fhir BhisighMac Fhir Bhisigh (Ciothruadh mac Taidhg Ruaidh)
(fl. 1510 x 1530)
Mac Fhir Bhisigh, Ciothruadh mac Taidhg Ruaidh - apparently a great-great-grandson of the scribe Giolla Íosa Mac Fhir Bhisigh. He is known primarily because he added a footnote to cols 380–81 of Yellow Book Lecan (TCD 1318), in which he states his name and gives the title of the manuscript as Leabhar buidhe ‘Yellow book’. When Ciothruadh's manuscript was bound together with other, unrelated parts, the title was carried over to the compilation as a whole.
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See also the main entry for YBL.
Oskamp, Hans P. A., “The Yellow Book of Lecan proper”, Ériu 26 (1975): 102–121.
OʼSullivan, William, “Ciothruadh’s Yellow Book of Lecan”, Éigse 18:2 (1981): 177–181.
Dennis Groenewegen
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