verse beg. Leachta carad i gcath Bhriain

  • Early Modern Irish
  • verse
  • Classical Irish poetry

Elegy for Brian Ua Néill and other, northern chieftains slain at the ‘battle of Dún’ (near Downpatrick) in 1260.

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  • Leachta carad i gcath Bhriain
Ascribed to: Mac an Bhaird (Fearghal Óg)
Mac an Bhaird (Fearghal Óg)
Mac an Bhaird, Fearghal Óg (mac Fearghail mheic Dhomhnaill Ruaidh), Irish bardic poet

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The poem is anonymous in TCD 1381 and BL Add. 40766. The ascription to Fearghal Óg Mac an Bhaird occurs only in TCD 1291, whose text derives from TCD 1381, and has been described by Pádraig Ó Macháin as an invention of its scribe, Aodh Ó Dálaigh.(1)n. 1 Pádraig Ó Macháin, ‘Poems by Fearghal Óg Mac an Bhaird’, Celtica 24 (2003).
ff. 109, 110
beg. ‘Leacht carad ó chath Bhriain’
A copy of the former, here attributed to Feargal Og Mhac an Bhaird. 124 lines.
London, British Library, MS Additional 40766
f. 71v
  • Early Modern Irish
mid-13th century(2)n. 2 Katharine Simms • Mícheál Hoyne, Bardic poetry database (2010). , after 1260
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Classical Irish poetryClassical Irish poetry


Battle of Dún (1260)Battle of Dún (1260)

Úa Néill (Brian)Úa Néill (Brian)
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Pádraig Ó Macháin, ‘Poems by Fearghal Óg Mac an Bhaird’, Celtica 24 (2003).
Katharine Simms • Mícheál Hoyne, Bardic poetry database (2010).

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.] McKenna, Lambert, “Some Irish bardic poems: LXXXII. Fearghal Ó Mac an Bhaird .cc.”, Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review 36:142 (June, 1947): 175–180.
[ed.] [tr.] OʼDonovan, John [ed. and tr.], “Appendix 2: Fearghal Og Mac an Bháird cecinit”, in: John OʼDonovan [ed.], Miscellany of the Celtic Society, Dublin: Celtic Society, 1849. 404–415.
CELT – edition: <link> Internet Archive: <link>, <link>
The English translation is described by McKenna as ‘unsatisfactory’.

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Macháin, Pádraig, “Poems by Fearghal Óg Mac an Bhaird”, Celtica 24 (2003): 252–263.
Simms, Katharine, and Mícheál Hoyne, Bardic poetry database, Online: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 2010–. URL: <>.
[id. 1188. ‘Leachta carad a ccath Briain’]
Simms, Katharine, From kings to warlords: the changing political structure of Gaelic Ireland in the later Middle Ages, Studies in Celtic History, 7, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 1987.
Williams, Nicholas [ed.], The poems of Giolla Brighde Mac Con Midhe, Irish Texts Society, 51, London: Irish Texts Society, 1980.
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