London, British Library, MS Harley 5280
- Irish, Latin
- s. xvi1
- Irish manuscripts
Poet to Toirdhealbhach Luineach Ó Néill; killed in 1583.
See more The pen-trial on f. 11v refers to a Maolmhuire Ó Cléirigh. Flower suggests that this might be the scribe’s grandnephew of that name, son of Diarmaid mac Mathghamhna.
See more See ff. 45v, 10, 77v, 78, and the seven paper leaves inserted at the beginning.
English antiquary and author. He was appointed commissioner to investigate and settle disputes over estates in Ireland and visited Ireland on three occasions, the first one in 1617. It may have been during one of these visits that Spelman acquired the Irish manuscript now known as BL MS Harley 5280. Spelman was member of the College of Antiquaries and his contacts included James Ussher.
See more See ff. 12, 10 (endorsement addressed to him by Casserly).
‘Gilla riabach mac Tuathail meic Taidc caim I Cleirich’ (f. 74r). For a study of the scribe’s orthography, see Mac Mathúna (1985).(1)n. 1 Meyer (1894), p. vi, offered a negative assessment of his competence as a scribe and scholar: “Gilla Riabach was an erratic and often careless scribe, nor did he understand much of the older language, while he seems to have had next to no knowledge of Latin. Hence his copy abounds with blunders and is on the whole very inferior in value to R [Rawl. B 512].”
(fl. 15th/16th century)
Ó Cléirigh (Giolla Riabhach Mór)
Irish scribe, son of Tuathal son of Tadhg Cam Ó Cléirigh. He is the main scribe of the miscellany Harley MS 5820 and Rawlinson MS 514 containing Maghnus Ó Domhnall’s Life of Colum Cille. His own floruit cannot be pinned down with any precision but his father is kown to have died in 1512.
See more Specimens (IIIF):
English account of the manuscript and its contents. Unsigned. See Astle (1784) for a transcription.
Paper leaves inserted at a later time.
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