Agents persons, peoples and institutions

A module for identifying agents - encompassing persons, peoples and organisations - and managing information about them has been around for many years, continually evolving as time went by, but what was absent all this time is a public interface for accessing relevant data in a user-friendly way.

This is a first attempt at offering such an interface, which is provided "as-is" and should be considered beta-quality for now (not that there is any official product release cycle as such but using the label is a convenient means to sound the right alarm bells). It currently consists of a basic search, aggregated data overviews for individual agents, and hover-card labels that you will meet elsewhere in the catalogue.

I am aware of duplicates, uneven coverage and other shortcomings that typically arise from the progressive nature of this website or simply, lack of personpower. An earlier version of the interface was available to editors partly because it helps us address some of those issues. None of these objections, however, seemed to weigh heavily against the alternative, which is having nothing at all to offer.

Note that for convenience's sake, many agents are not formally indexed but are nonetheless included by exclusive virtue of being linked. It is a wonderful forte of the system that allows us to retrieve and bring together disparate data from disparate data sources, but some useful metadata will be missing and discoverability is more limited as a result. For instance, we may be linking to a scribe whose name and associated data can be retrieved and presented, but without, say, a floruit it will be difficult to find this person within the appropriate time range. I say "difficult" because it is possible, to an extent, to rely on the dates we have, if any, for associated objects (manuscripts, scribal hands), but such a circuitous approach comes with limitations of its own and is not necessarily methodologically sound.

Meanwhile, I hope that the new interface will improve your experience in using this website. Next up are thematic categories for scribes (in the broadest, non-pejorative sense of the word), authors and scholars.

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A random selecton of authors and those so described.

  • John O'Donovan
    Irish scholar
  • Thomas Pennant
    Welsh naturalist, traveller and antiquary.
  • Geoffrey Chaucer
    English poet
  • John Wynn [1553-1627]
    d. 1627
    Welsh politician and landowner, member of the Wynn family of Gwydir (Caernarfonshire) and author of a history of that family.
  • Niocól Ó hÍceadha
    ''fl. c''. 1403
    Niocól Ó hÍceadha, Irish medical scholar who together with Aonghus Ó Callanáin undertook a vernacular translation of a commentary on the ''Aphorisms'' of Hippocrates.
  • David Johns [cleric and poet]
    fl. 1569–1586
    Welsh cleric, vicar (or parson?) of Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd (Denbighshire), and poet.
  • Rhys Fardd
    fl. c.1460–1480
    Welsh vaticinatory poet.
  • William Reeves
    Irish antiquarian scholar; bishop of the Anglican see of Down, Connor and Dromore; keeper of the Armagh Public Library
  • Huw Jones
    Welsh poet, balladist and publisher.
  • Dallán Forgaill
    fl. 597
    early Irish poet, known as the author of Amra Choluim Chille
  • John Colgan
    d. 1658
    Irish Franciscan at St Anthony’s College, Louvain; scholar, theologian, editor and hagiographer.
  • John Jones [Myrddin Fardd]
  • Cú Choigcríche Ó Cléirigh
    d. in or after 1664
    Irish scholar, poet, historian and scribe; one of the so-named ‘Four Masters’.
  • Ultán of Ardbraccan
    d. 657
    Irish poet and saint, abbot at Ard Breccáin (Ardbraccan) in Co. Meath.
  • Fer Muman mac Echtain
    fl. 8th or 9th century (?)
    Munster poet and scholar to whom some ten Old Irish verse fragments have been attributed.