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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  • Ádam Ó Cianáin
    fl. 14th century
    Ádam Ó Cianáin of Lisgoole, Co. Fermanagh, Irish scribe. His obit is recorded in AFM s.a. 1374.
  • Dermod O'Connor
  • Muiris mac Torna Ó Maoil Chonaire
    d. 1645
    Irish scholar, poet and scribe of the Ó Maoil Chonaire family. He is known to have made a small contribution to the Annals of the Four Masters.
  • Toirdhealbhach Ó Mealláin
    Franciscan friar of Brantry (Co. Tyrone), who has been identified as the author of a journal describing the first years (1641-1647) of the Irish Confederate Wars.
  • Hywel Fychan ap Hywel Goch
    fl. 14th century
    Hywel Fychan ap Hywel Goch was a fourteenth century Welsh scribe. He was a man with clerical training who knew Latin and was able to edit and organize a book. He also wrote lawbooks.  Hywel Fychan is most famous for being the chief scribe of the Red Book of Hergest (Oxford, Jesus College, MS 111). He is also connected to Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, Peniarth MS 11; Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, Llanstephan MS 27 (Llyfr Coch Talgarth); and Philadelphia, Library Company, MS 8680.O. He furthermore made a contribution to the Culchwch ac Olwen-text of the White Book of Rhydderch (Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales, Peniarth 4-5) on folio 83v.
  • Pilib Ballach Ó Duibhgeannáin
    fl. second half of the 16th century
    Irish historian and scribe, known for producing NLI MS G 1.
  • Pól Ó Longáin
    scribe who was based in Co. Cork and belonged to the Ó Longáin family of scribes; son of Mícheál Óg and brother of Peadar Ó Longáin.
  • Anchorite of Llandewi Brefi
    fl. mid–14th century
    Anonymous scribe usually known as the ‘anchorite of Llandewi Brefi’.
  • Anonymous [i¹]
    s. ix
    Anonymous scribe/annotator whose Irish hand is detected in a number of continental manuscripts of Eriugena’s works. Since a study by E. K. Rand, the hand is usually designatedl i¹, distinguishing it from that of a fellow scribe, which is designated i². T. A. M. Bishop, Edouard Jeauneau and Bernhard Bischoff identified it as the hand of Eriugena himself, but others have argued that he was probably one of his assistants.
  • Symeon of Durham
    fl. c. 1090–c. 1128
  • Patrick Lynch [d. 1838]
    Irish scholar born in Co. Down as the son of a schoolteacher (Terence Lynch); taught Irish at Belfast Academy and published in the Irish-language magazine Bolg an tSoláir. Some of his contributions to scholarship on the Irish language went uncredited.
  • Ó Luinín family
    learned family of legal historians
  • John Jones [of Gellilyfdy]
    Welsh calligrapher and transcriber of Welsh manuscripts
  • William M. Hennessy
    d. 1889
  • Colmán Banbán
    d. 720
    scriba at Kildare
  • Authors

    A random selecton of authors and those so described.

  • Anonymous [LU scribe H]
    s. xii
    Anonymous scribe, usually known simply as H or the Interpolator, who significantly annotated, revised and interpolated parts of the Lebor na hUidre (RIA MS 23 E 25) and sometimes intercalated leaves to add material. The modern name H stands for ‘Homilist’, which stems from the fact that he added two homilies, Scéla laí brátha and Scéla na hEsérgi. His identity, background and precise floruit remain uncertain.
  • Laidcenn mac Baíth Bannaig
    d. 661
    Irish scholar, abbot of Clonfertmulloe (Kyle, Co. Laois); author of Ecloga de moralibus in Iob and possibly, Lorica Gildae.
  • Froinsias Bhailís
    OFM, Irish lexicographer and scholar
  • Laidcenn mac Bairceda
    supp. fl. 5th century ?
    early Irish poet, said to be of the Dál nAraidi. Two early poems (beg. ''Énna, Labraid'' and ''Nidu dír dermait'') belonging to the so-called rhyming ‘Leinster poems’ are ascribed to him.
  • Cú Choigcríche mac Diarmada mheic Taidhg Chaim Ó Cléirigh
    s. xvimed
    Irish poet and possibly historian, a son of Diarmaid son of Tadhg Cam Ó Cléirigh (not to be confused with his better known namesake, the annalist Cú Choigcríche (son of Diarmaid) Ó Cléirigh). Five of his poems are preserved in NLI MS G 167 and another in a Copenhagen MS.
  • George Owen [of Henllys]
    Welsh clergyman in the Church of England, antiquarian, genealogist and cartographer.
  • Muiredach of Auxerre and Metz
    fl. 9th century
    also known from Latin sources as Murethach or Muridac; Irish grammarian and author of a commentary on Donatus’s Ars maior.
  • Giolla na Naomh Ó hUidhrín
  • Huw Machno
    fl. 1585–1637
    Welsh poet.
  • Saint Patrick
    fl. 5th century
  • Ieuan ap Rhydderch ab Ieuan Llwyd
    fl. 1430–1470
    Welsh poet, son of Rhydderch ap Ieuan Llwyd
  • Flannacán mac Cellaig
    d. 896
    king of Brega; poet;
  • Rhisierdyn
    fl. 14th c.
  • Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill
    fl. c.1743–c.1800
    Irish poet of the Uí Chonaill of Derrynane, wife of Art Ó Laoghaire, a military captain who was killed after quarrelling with the high sheriff of Cork and for whom she composed the long elegiac poem Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire.
  • Julius Caesar
    died 44 BC
    Gaius Julius Caesar, Roman statesman, general and consul