Genealogical tract on the Fothairt

  • Early Irish
  • prose, list

Irish genealogical tract, or tracts, dealing with the Fothairt. Common descent is traced to a pseudo-eponymous ancestor called Eochaid (Find) Fúath nAirt and his sons, Cian Cúldub (a quo Uí Chúlduib of Kildare) and Óengus Mend.

Dates of original composition and redaction unknown.
ff. 69r(125)a.i–v(126)b.12
rubric: ‘Do phrimforslointib Lagen inso .i. da phrimforsloinniud Fothairtt ⁊ Laichsi sed de peritia ⁊ de genelogiis Fothart prius dicemus’
beg. ‘Eochaid didiu Fuath nAirt a quo Fothairt nominantur ⁊ progeniti sunt’
Short prose introduction, two retoirics, beg. Huait a meic h-úi Moguirni mostoimthi techta taiririud orofal and A Eochaid Airtt Fuath arafalnather iath aneoil (69rb), and genealogies for the descendants of Óengus Mend and Cian Cúldub.
ff. 96(105)v.10–97(106)rc.33
beg. ‘Eochaid Find Fuath nAirt’
Prose section and pedigrees for Fotharta Fea (f. 96va), Uí Chulduib (96vb), Uí Ercain (96vb), the Uí Bresail of Uí Failgi (96vc, refers to Brigit), Fotharta Maigi Itha (97ra); Cland Céin Chulduib meic Ecnach (97rb), and Fotharta Maigi Itha (97rc).
f. 78va.13–vb.16
rubric: ‘De peritia Fhothart so sís’
beg. ‘Eochaid Find Fúathnairt .i. fúath déa ar a chóeme, a quo Fotharta (.i. fuatharta) nominatur’
Shorter text in prose consisting of a brief main section and Brigit’s genealogy.
The existence of further copies and recensions has yet to be examined.
  • Early Irish
prose, list (primary)
Associated items
A Eochaid Airtt Fuath arafalnather iath aneoilA Eochaid Airtt Fuath arafalnather iath aneoil

An exchange of two roscada found in the context of an origin legend concerning the Fothairt. The first, shorter rosc (beg. Huait a meic hui Moguirni) is uttered by Eochaid Fúath Airt, ancestor of the Fothairt, and addressed to one Moccu Mugairne, who utters the second, longer rosc to him (beg. A Eochaid Airtt Fuath arafalnather iath aneoil), in the course of which he prophecies the coming of Brigit (Brig eoit).



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Eochaid Find Fúath nAirt
Eochaid Find Fúath nAirt
(supp. fl. c.2nd century)
In Irish historical tradition, eponymous ancestor of the Fothairt, a son of Feidlimid Rechtaid and brother of Conn Cétchathach.

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Cian Cúldub
Cian Cúldub
In Irish historical tradition, son of Eochaid Find Fúath nAirt and eponymous ancestor of the Uí Chúlduib sept of the Fothairt.

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Óengus MendÓengus Mend
Entry reserved for but not yet available from the subject index.

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Brigit of Kildare
Brigit of Kildare
(c. 439/452–c. 524/526)
patron saint of Kildare, whose cult spread both within and outside of Ireland.

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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.] OʼBrien, M. A. [ed.], Corpus genealogiarum Hiberniae, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1962.  
comments: Reprinted in 1976 and 2005, with an introduction by J. V. Kelleher.
CELT – pp. 1–332 (Rawl. B 502): <link>
80–86 Rawl. B 502, with variants.
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “The Laud genealogies and tribal histories”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 8 (1912): 291–338.
CELT – edition: <link> Celtic Digital Initiative – PDF: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
301–302 Laud Misc. 610.
Translation wanted

Secondary sources (select)

Johnston, Elva, “Transforming women in Irish hagiography”, Peritia 9 (1995): 197–220.
Dennis Groenewegen
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