Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 514
- s. xvi
- Irish manuscripts
anglicised Manus O’Donnell; chief of the Ó Domhnaill family (O’Donnells); lord of Donegal (since 1537); married to Eleanor Fitzgerald; poet and author; compiled Beatha Cholaim Chille.
See more “It is reasonable to assume that the manuscript belonged originally to Maghnus Ó Domhnaill who died in 1563” (Ó Cuív: 262). Note, however, that Caoimhín Breatnach (2007) has argued that the present copy is unlikely to have been the one produced for Ó Domhnaill.
See more “Later owners named are Mac Suibhne of Baghaine (f. iiir of Part I), and ‘Donnogh mc Swyn’ and ‘Henry Swyne’ (f. r of Part II).”(1)n. 1 Brian Ó Cuív, Catalogue of Irish MSS in the Bodleian (2001): 262. The evidence seems to point to some connection with the Clann Suibhne, particular that of Tír Boghaine (bar. Banagh, Co Donegal).
There is no scribal signature, but the main hand can be identified with that of Harleian 5280, which belongs to Giolla Riabhach (Mór) Ó Cléirigh. This is corroborated by a colophon in a copy of the present manuscript, Franciscan MS A 19, which states that the exemplar was written by Giolla Riabhach Mór Ó Cléirigh.(1)n. 1 Brian Ó Cuív, Catalogue of Irish MSS in the Bodleian (2001): 262, 270. “The script is large and beautifully clear, with large capitals for initial letters of sections or paragraphs. Beginning at f. 18r of Part I and continuing as far as f. 20r the large initials are coloured with a lightish yellow; two on f. 19rb are crudely smudged with brown. The scribe left space for large ornamental initials on ff. 1r, 47r, 51v and 59v, but these were never inserted.”(2)n. 2 Brian Ó Cuív, Catalogue of Irish MSS in the Bodleian (2001): 262–63.
(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.
“A second scribe, using lighter-coloured ink, added a short paragraph on f. 50vb of Part I” (Ó Cuív: 263).
The final leaves of part II of the MS show a more varied distribution of hands. While Ó Cléirigh’s hand is still seen in this section, Ó Cuív observes “several [other] hands” on ff. 77(17), 78(18) and [79(19)].
One hand added a poem on f. 77(17)v, writing in “a clear but not particularly fine hand, not earlier than 1551”.
Yet another hand added several verse items: three on f. 78(18)v, in two lines following the poem beg. Ceidtreabh Erend Inis Saimher, and another on f. [79(19)]r.
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