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Today’s feast-day (13 July)

  • Ultán of Ardbraccan
    Irish poet and saint, abbot at Ard Breccáin (Ardbraccan) in Co. Meath.

  • About the selected image
    Ruairí Óg Ó Mórdha, from The Image of Irelande by John Derricke (Plate 11). Source.

    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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  • Jonathan Edwards [d. 1712]
    Welsh cleric and theologian; principal of Jesus College (1686-1712).
  • Hugh Maurice [1775-1825]
    Welsh skinner and scribe.
  • John Scottus Eriugena
    fl 9th century
    Irish scholar and theologian who had been active as a teacher at the palace school of Charles the Bald.
  • John Beaton [of Kilninian]
    fl. second half of the 17th century
    Rev. John Beaton, episcopalian minister of Kilninian, Mull; second son of John Beaton (1594-1657); physician and head of medical family
  • Matha Ó Luinín
    fl. 16th century
    Irish scribe and scholar of Arda on the Erne (Co. Fermanagh)
  • Stiabhna Ríghis
    s. xviiex–xviii1
    Stiabhna Ríghis/Rís or Stephen Rice, a Munster scribe who became active in Dublin and befriended Tadhg Ó Neachtáin.
  • Eugene O'Curry
    ''b''. 1794–d. 1862
    Irish scholar
  • Seán Ó Conaire [ob. 1773]
    Irish priest and scholar
  • Ciothruadh mac Taidhg Ruaidh Mac Fhir Bhisigh
    fl. 1510 x 1530
    Mac Fhir Bhisigh, Ciothruadh mac Taidhg Ruaidh - apparently a great-great-grandson of the scribe Giolla Íosa Mac Fhir Bhisigh. He is known primarily because he added a footnote to cols 380–81 of Yellow Book Lecan (TCD 1318), in which he states his name and gives the title of the manuscript as Leabhar buidhe ‘Yellow book’. When Ciothruadh's manuscript was bound together with other, unrelated parts, the title was carried over to the compilation as a whole.
  • Thomas Arthur
    Limerick physician educated at Bordeaux and a Catholic with an interest in devotional literature. One of his better known patients was bishop James Ussher, who at one time appears to have lent him a manuscript of the so-called Kilkenny recension of Latin lives of Irish saints. A manuscript of transcripts by Thomas is still extant.
  • Thomas Tenison
    English clergyman, archbishop of Canterbury (1694–1715).
  • Marianus Scottus [Máel Brigte]
    fl. 1028–1082/3
  • 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.
  • Ó Maoil Chonaire family
    Important learned family of poets, historians and scribes based in Connacht.
  • Robert Cotton
    Sir Robert Bruce, 1st baronet, of Connington Hall, was an English politician, antiquary and collector of manuscripts, who established the Cotton library.
  • Authors

    A random selecton of authors and those so described.

  • Andrew Boorde
    c. 1490–1549
    English physician and author, who embarked on a journey through Europe and wrote a travel treatise The fyrste boke of the introduction of knowledge (completed in 1542). To Celticists, he may be known for his descriptions of Wales and Cornwall, which include some basic lexical information.
  • Roderic O'Flaherty
    Roderic(k) O'Flaherty / Ruaidhrí (Óg) Ó Flaithbheartaigh, Irish nobleman, historian and collector of manuscripts; author of Ogygia seu rerum Hibernicarum chronologia (1685).
  • Ciarán of Clonmacnoise
    c. 515–c. 549
    Irish saint, patron of Clúain Moccu Nóis (Clonmacnoise). Feast-day: 9 September.
  • Seaán mac Ruaidhrí Mac Craith
    fl. mid–14th century
    Irish historian, member of the Meic Craith (Magraths) who appear as a hereditary family of bardic poets. He is reputed to have written the Caithréim Thoirdhealbhaigh.
  • Fergus Fínbél
    In tales of the Finn Cycle, a poet in the retinue of Finn mac Cumaill, sometimes identified as a son of a certain Finn.
  • Scandlán Mór
    d. 643 x 646
    King of Osraige, son of Colmán son of Bicne Cáech. He is best known in relation to the Synod of Druim Cett, at which time his father was king of Osraige and Scandlán, apparently a youth, was held hostage by Áed mac Ainmirech, overking from the Cenél Conaill branch of the Uí Néill. According to Adomnán, Colum Cille conferred a blessing on him and Scandlán would later take up the kingship of Osraige. He is sometimes given as a son of Cend Fáelad. Charles-Edwards suggests that a pedidgree may have been the source of confusion (Rawl. B 502: Cend Fáelad m. Colmain cuius filius Scandlain).
  • Áedán mac Melláin
    fl. ?
    early Munster poet of whom little is known. The tale Cath Maige Mucrama cites a quatrain beg. Usce Máge cenbad sruth (§ 5), perhaps ascribed to him, which says that the river Maigue (Co. Cork and Co. Limerick) passes by his courtyard (les).
  • Mo Ling
    d. 697
    Irish saint, abbot and patron saint of Tech Mo Ling (St Mullins, Co. Carlow) and reputed ‘bishop’ of Ferna (Ferns).
  • Mac Nía
  • Seaán Mór Ó Dubhagáin
    d. 1372
    Irish poet and historian.
  • Bleddyn Ddu
    fl. c.1200
  • William Bodinar
    fl. 18th century
    William Bodinar (previously misread as Bodener), a fisherman of Mousehole, known today for a (partially) bilingual English-Cornish letter, dated 1776, which he wrote to the lawyer and antiquary Daines Barrington and bears witness to a remnant of the Cornish language.
  • Llywarch y Nam
    Welsh poet, who may be identical with Llywarch Llaety (fl. c. 1140–1160).
  • Giolla Íosa Mac Fhir Bhisigh [d. 1301]
    d. 1301
    medieval Irish poet, ''ollam''
  • Froinsias Ó Maolmhuaidh
    Irish theologian; author of Lucerna fidelium/Lochrann na gcreidmheach (1676) and a grammar on the Irish language, Grammatica Latino-Hibernica (1677).