Lebor gabála Érenn, miniugud redaction ‘The book of the taking of Ireland’

  • Middle Irish, Early Modern Irish
  • prose, prosimetrum
  • Cycles of the Kings, Irish legendary history, Lebor gabála Érenn, Mythological Cycle

An abbreviated recension of Lebor gabála Érenn, known as the Miniugud recension. In the manuscripts, it is usually found as an appendix to Recension II.

In association with Recension II
Y (Scowscroft)
V1 (Macalister) =
A manuscript that is thought to belong originally to the Yellow Book of Lecan, where the text would have followed Recension II. Miniugud covers the entire volume. Macalister's siglum μY.
V3 (Macalister)
Fragment which belongs with RIA MSS D v 1 and D iv 1.
Lec or L (Scowcroft) =
ff. 16v–21 (facsimile)
Incomplete. Macalister's siglum μΛ (or M).
Independent copy
  • Middle Irish Early Modern Irish
  • Middle Irish/Early Modern Irish.

prose, prosimetrum (primary)
Associated items
Cimbáeth no chinned cech cáinCimbáeth no chinned cech cáinView incoming dataÉstid a éolchu cen ónÉstid a éolchu cen ónMiddle Irish poem attributed to Flann Mainistrech, embedded in a number of recensions of the Lebor gabála Érenn (Min, A and C, but not in B).Failet sunna eter dá fhertFailet sunna eter dá fhertView incoming dataGóedel Glas ó tát GoídilGóedel Glas ó tát GoídilMac Echach ard orddanMac Echach ard orddanView incoming dataRíg hÉrenn iar creitim (Míniugud king-list)Ríg hÉrenn iar creitim (Míniugud king-list)View incoming data


Cycles of the Kings
Cycles of the Kings
id. 80
Irish legendary historyIrish legendary history

Lebor gabála Érenn
Lebor gabála Érenn
id. 4019
Mythological CycleMythological Cycle


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.] [tr.] Macalister, R. A. S., Lebor gabála Érenn: The book of the taking of Ireland, 5 vols, Irish Texts Society, 34, 35, 39, 41, 44, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 1932–1942.
Internet Archive – Vol. 1 (1938 ed.): <link> Internet Archive – Vol. 2 (1939 ed.): <link> Internet Archive – Vol. 3 (1940 ed.): <link> Internet Archive – Vol. 4 (1941 ed.): <link> Internet Archive – Vol. 5 (1956 ed.): <link>
In his 1987 article, Scowcroft mentions that Rolf Baumgarten (1936–2012) had completed an edition of this recension (unpublished).

Secondary sources (select)

Carey, John (ed.), Lebor gabála Érenn: textual history and pseudohistory, Irish Texts Society, Subsidiary Series, 20, Dublin: Irish Texts Society, 2009.
Scowcroft, R. Mark, “Leabhar Gabhála. Part I: the growth of the text”, Ériu 38 (1987): 79–140.  
Scowcroft, R. Mark, “Leabhar Gabhála. Part II: the growth of the tradition”, Ériu 39 (1988): 1–66.  
Hamel, A. G. van, “On Lebor Gabála”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 10 (1915): 97–197.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
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>
Dennis Groenewegen
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January 2013, last updated: January 2024