Irish list of Patrick’s household

  • Middle Irish
  • prose

An Irish list of members of St Patrick’s household, possibly compiled during the abbacy of Joseph, bishop-abbot of Armagh (ob. 936).

First words (prose)
  • Is íat so in cethrur ar fhichet bater i n-urd la Patric
  • Middle Irish
Origin: Ard Macha
Ard Macha ... Armagh
County Armagh
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ass. with Ioseph mac FathaigIoseph mac Fathaig
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Related: Muinter Pádraig na paiterMuinter Pádraig na paiter

Middle Irish poem containing a long list of members of St Patrick’s household and attributed to Flann, possibly for Flann Mainistrech.



Saint Patrick
Saint Patrick
(fl. 5th century)
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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.] Mulchrone, Kathleen [ed. and tr.], Bethu Phátraic: The tripartite life of Patrick [I. Text and sources], Dublin: Hodges, Figgis, 1939.
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[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley, The tripartite Life of Patrick: with other documents relating to that saint, 2 vols, vol. 1, Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores, 89.1, London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1887.
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264–267 (text); 574 (translation)
[tr.] Colgan, John, Triadis Thaumaturgæ seu divorum Patricii, Columbæ et Brigidæ, trium veteris et maioris Scotiæ, seu Hiberniæ sanctorum insulae communium patronorum acta, Louvain: apud Cornelium Coenestenium, 1647.  
comments: The title page reads in full (normalised spellng): Triadis Thaumaturgæ, seu divorum Patricii, Columbæ, et Brigidæ, trium veteris et majoris Scotiæ, seu Hiberniæ, Sanctorum insulæ, communium patronorum acta, a variis, iisque pervetustis ac Sanctis, authoribus Scripta, ac studio R.P.F. Joannis Colgani, in conventu F.F. Minor. Hibernor, Stritior, Observ., Lovanii, S. Theologiæ Lectoris Jubilati, ex variis bibliothecis collecta, scholiis et commentariis illustrata, et pluribus appendicibus aucta; complectitur tomus secundus sacrarum ejusdem insulæ antiquitatum, nunc primum in lucem prodiens.
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167 Latin translation.

Secondary sources (select)

Kenney, James F., “Chapter IV: The monastic churches, their founders and traditions: I. The primitive foundations”, in: James F. Kenney, The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Revised ed., 11, New York: Octagon, 1966. 288–371.
346 [id. 137.]

“The Patrick Legend as it developed took note of many persons, members of Patrick's household, who performed various services for him; as, for example, his "strong man" or champion, his charioteer, his smiths. In the present document a list of these is given. A note at the end of the Egerton text says: "And that is the number that should be in Joseph's company, and it is the number that should be at the king of Cashel's table down from the time of Feidlimid son of Crimthann, king of the two provinces of Munster, etc." This probably indicates that the text — or at least this version of it — was written in the time of Joseph, abbot of Armagh, who, according to the Annals of Ulster, died in 936”.

Plummer, Charles, “A tentative catalogue of Irish hagiography”, in: Charles Plummer, Miscellanea hagiographica Hibernica: vitae adhuc ineditae sanctorum Mac Creiche, Naile, Cranat, 15, Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1925. 171–285.
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221 [id. 167.]
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