Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 512 Unit: section I, (a) ff. 101-122, (b) ff. 1-36, (c) ff. 45-52
- s. xv / s. xvi
- Irish manuscripts
No description availableSee more In the upper margin of f. 33r, the main hand writes a note which identifies Baile na Cuilendtrach as the place of writing: A mBaili naCuilendt[ra]ch dam ag sc[ri]b na beth[ad]sa Naem Brigte ⁊ ara faesam dom anmain ⁊ dom churp ⁊ corom soera ar duailchib ⁊ duinebad (transcription by Ó Cuív). While the place cannot be securely identified, Ó Cuív suggests three candidates for identification, all in County Meath: ”two townlands named Cullendragh in Meath, one in the barony of Fore and the other in the barony of Upper Deece; there is also a townland named Cullentry in the barony of Lower Moyfenrath”.
The main scribe, who is not named in the manuscript and was responsible for ff. 5-36, ff. 101-122 and possibly, ff. 45-52 (Ó Cuív).
- “hand varies greatly both in quality and in size, with large and small script at times alternating in the one column, citations in Latin being generally in large script” (Ó Cuív: 231).
- known for a “distinctive half-uncial d” in the copy of Bethu Brigte, “which probably reflects the influence of an exemplar dating from the ninth century” (Ó Cuív: 231); writes, on f. 33r, that he was in Baile na Cuilendtrach when writing this text.
- mentions Book of Dub Dá Leithe as the source for its copy of Baile in Scail.
“In spaces left blank by the main scribe on ff. 30, 36 and 52v some short items have been inserted by later scribes” (Ó Cuív). Elsewhere, Ó Cuív attributes the item on f. 36rb.22ff to the “later scribe [singular] who also wrote items on f. 30ra-b”.
On f. 36v, an anonymous late hand responsible for the note on f. 36v, which was written in 1572 and mentions “the son of Crisdóir Pluingcéad of Loughcrew in Meath” (Ó Cuív: 230-231). Together with the entry on f. 4v, the note suggests that “Part I may have been in the possession of members of the Plunkett family in the 16th century” (Ó Cuív). The same hand wrote a number of other items.
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