Annals of Clonmacnoise

Conall Mageoghegan
  • Early Modern English
  • prose
  • Irish annals
Annals of Clonmacnoise
al. Mageoghegan’s book
Mageoghegan (Conall)
Mageoghegan (Conall)
(fl. 1596–1644)
Conall Mageoghegan (Mac Eochagáin), Irish scholar and historian known for producing the Annals of Clonmacnoise, an English translation of Irish annals.

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Conall Mageoghegan translated the original Irish annalistic work (now lost) into English.
The original manuscript of the translation is lost.
Copies by Tadhg Ó Dálaigh:
A MS in London, British Library (yet to be confirmed)
Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS 767
19th century:
Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 24 E 11
Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 24 E 19
Maynooth, Russell Library, MS R 63
  • Early Modern English
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
(Possible) sources: Annals of Clonmacnoise (lost original)Annals of Clonmacnoise (lost original)The lost, Irish original that underlies the early modern English translation known as Mageoghegan’s book or Annals of Clonmacnoise. To judge from the latter, the annals were updated into the beginning of the 15th century.


Irish annalsannals and chronicles, Irish histories
Irish annals
id. 35113


Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Murphy, Denis [ed.], The annals of Clonmacnoise, being annals of Ireland from the earliest period to A.D.1408, translated into English, A.D.1627 by Conell Mageoghagan, Dublin, 1896.
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Edition based on TCD 673

Secondary sources (select)

Sanderlin, Sarah, “The manuscripts of the annals of Clonmacnois”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 81 C (1982): 111–123.
Mc Carthy, Daniel P., The Irish annals: their genesis, evolution and history, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008.  
comments: Contents: Chronicles and annals: origins, compilation, taxonomy and nomenclature (p. 1); Witnesses to the annals: the primary manuscripts (18); Annalistic literature (61); World history in Insular chronicles (118); The Iona chronicle (153); The Moville and Clonmacnoise chronicles (168); Liber Cuanach and its descendants (198); The Armagh and Derry chronicles (223); The Connacht and Fermanagh chronicles (245); The Regnal-canon chronicles (271); Final compilation stages (304); Reliable annalistic chronology (342); Epilogue (355); Twelve centuries of Irish chronicling: from Bethlehem to Bundrowes (355); Necessity for a comprehensive analysis of chronicle features (357); Outstanding chronicle compilations (358); Manuscript witnesses to the annals (361); Survey of annalistic verse up to A.D. 1000 (364); The regnal-canon (368); Bibliography (375) and index (393).
Ó Muraíle, Nollaig, “Mageoghegan [Mag Eochagáin], Conall (fl. 1596–1644)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press, 2004–.
Thompson, John, “William Reeves and the medieval texts and manuscripts at Armagh”, Peritia 10 (1996): 363–380.  
The achievement of William Reeves as Armagh keeper can be closely associated with the changing mid-nineteenth-century fortunes of the Armagh library property. In the absence of a detailed survey of small Irish collections to match the example set by N. R. Ker’s magisterial Medieval manuscripts in British libraries, this study traces the crucial role played by Reeves in the history of several important manuscripts and early books now in Armagh Public Library.
Dennis Groenewegen
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