Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1319 Unit: vol. 2, pp. 172-187, 192-194fragment of the Book of Lecan

  • Irish
  • xvin
  • Irish manuscripts
Nine leaves which previously belonged to the Book of Lecan (RIA 23 P 2).
Part of
Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1319 (H 2. 17, 1319) [various]
fragment of the Book of Lecan
Provenance and related aspects
beginning of the 15th century
Origin, provenance
Origin: Ireland
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Later provenance: By 1688, the leaves of this fragment were missing from the Book of Lecan. Abbott: “The great Book of Lecan was in this Library in 1688, when the first extant Catalogue of MSS. was compiled (the same Catalogue a copy of which was supplied to Bernard for his ‘Catalogus’). At that time these nine leaves were wanting: see Bernard, No. 257. It seems to have been carried to France in the reign of James II and in 1787, through the Abbé Kearney, of Paris, it was presented to the then recently founded Royal Irish Academy, in whose Library it is now preserved.”
Later provenance: Dublin, Trinity College
Dublin, Trinity College
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ass. with Eugene O'CurryO'Curry (Eugene)
(b. 1794–d. 1862)
Ó Comhraí (Eoghan)
Irish scholar
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The leaves resurfaced and were examined and identified by Eugene O’Curry. Abbott: “By a singular fate, the nine leaves which were missing in 1688 have found their way to the shelves where the remainder of the book formerly stood. These were identified by O’Curry. These leaves have since been transposed so as to follow p. 193.”
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[dig. img.] “Trinity College, Dublin”, Anne-Marie OʼBrien, and Pádraig Ó Macháin, Irish Script on Screen (ISOS) – Meamrám Páipéar Ríomhaire, Online: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1999–present. URL: <>.
MS 1319/2/6 (ff. 63r–71v)

Secondary sources (select)

Abbott, T. K., and E. J. Gwynn, Catalogue of the Irish manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis & Co, 1921.
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112–113; 349–350 direct link direct link
Bernard, Edward, Catalogi librorum manuscriptorum Angliae et Hiberniae: in unum collecti cum indice alphabetico, Oxford, 1697.
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Vol. 2, 22 [id. 257.] direct link

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