Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 487 Unit: section 1, ff. 1–11Cath Finntrága

  • Irish
  • s. xv
  • distinct manuscript
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum

Manuscript containing a text of Cath Finntrága.

Finn Cycle
Provenance and related aspects
s. xv
15th century.
Origin, provenance
Origin: Ireland
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Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Main hand (Finnlaech Ó Cathasaigh)

“Main scribe: Finnlaech Ó Cathasaigh who, according to a colophon on f. 11r, wrote for Sadhbh, daughter of Tadhg Ó Máille, probably in the second half of the 15th century” (Ó Cuív).

Finnlaech Ó CathasaighÓ Cathasaigh (Finnlaech)
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Additional hand 1 (f. 11r–v)

“[T]he scribe of the poem [beg. His mairg fhágas aithre mná] to Sadhbh Inghean Í Mháille (f. 11r–v), who is unidentified but may have been the poet Cú Coicríche Ó Maoil Chonaire whose death, it seems certain, is to be dated to 1471” (Ó Cuív).

Cú Choicríche Ó Maoil ChonaireÓ Maoil Chonaire (Cú Choicríche)
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Additional hand 2 (f. 11v)

Hand belonging to the “scribe of a poem, now largely illegible, on f. 11v” (Ó Cuív).

Additional hand 3

Hand of the “scribe who supplied the title for the first item” (Ó Cuív).

Codicological information
UnitCodicological unit. Indicates whether the entry describes a single leaf, a distinct or composite manuscript, etc.
distinct manuscript
“On the whole the quality of the vellum in the first section is good” (Ó Cuív).
27.5 cm × 21.5 cm
“c.27.5 × 21.5 cm” (Ó Cuív).
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Digitisation wanted
[ed.] OʼRahilly, Cecile [ed. and tr.], Cath Finntrágha, Mediaeval and Modern Irish Series, 20, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1962.
CELT – edition (pp. 1–47 with variants from the appendix): <link>
[ed.] Meyer, Kuno [ed. and tr.], Cath Finntrága or The Battle of Ventry, Anecdota Oxoniensia, Mediaeval and Modern Series, 1.4, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1885.  
Edition based on Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson B 487; variants from BL Egerton 149.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
Dennis Groenewegen
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