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Today’s feast-day (20 July)

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    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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  • Seón Mac Solaidh
    fl. early 18th century
    Irish scribe, of Stackallan (Co. Meath)
  • Pádruic Gruamdha Ó Siadhail
    fl. 1657–58
    Irish scribe.
  • Peadar Ó Conaill [d. 1826]
    Irish lexicographer
  • Theophilus O'Flanagan
  • Maoílechlainn Ó Cianáin
    fl. late 15th century
    Irish scribe responsible for Dublin, King's Inns, MS 12-13 (c. 1491/2), a compilation of classical Greco-Roman tales in Irish
  • Seán Ó Cléirigh [d. 1846]
    Seán (or John) Ó Cleirigh, Irish scribe who could probably claim descent from certain illustrious scholars of the Uí Chléirigh, even if his own testimony seems fuzzy and inconsistent. He appears to have had, perhaps inherited, an unknown number of Irish manuscripts written by or associated with Cú Choigcríche Ó Cléirigh, five of which he brought to Dublin in 1817.
  • Aodhagán Mac Aodhagáin
    fl. 16th century
    Irish scribe of the Meic Aodhagáin, son of Conchobhar.
  • Vailintín Ó hAnluain
    fl. 18th century
    Irish scribe associated with the Ó Neachtain circle in Dublin.
  • Amhlaoibh Ó Súilleabháin
    Irish businessman, storyteller and schoolteacher, known for writing a diary, largely in Irish, between 1827 and 1835.
  • Richard Tipper
    d. 1730
    Irish scholar, scribe and antiquarian from Mitchelstown (Co. Dublin).
  • Martin of Laon
    Irish scholar and teacher at the cathedral school at Laon.
  • William Owen Pughe
    d. 1835
    Welsh scholar, antiquarian, author, lexicographer; author of a Welsh and English Dictionary (1803)
  • Griffith Vaughan [of Dolmelynllyn]
    fourth son of the antiquary Robert Vaughan.
  • Dubhaltach Mac Fhir Bhisigh
    d. 1671
    Dubhaltach (Óg) Mac Fhir Bhisigh, Irish historian and scribe, member of the learned Mac Fhir Bhisigh family in Connacht
  • Tadhg Ó Neachtain
    c.1670–c. 1752
    Irish scribe and scholar, son of Seán Ó Neachtain.
  • Authors

    A random selecton of authors and those so described.

  • Oisín mac Finn
    A fían-warrior, son of Finn, in the Finn Cycle of medieval Irish literature
  • Richard Carew
    Cornish antiquarian, author of a ''Survey of Cornwall'' (1602)
  • Llywarch ap Llywelyn
    fl. 1173–1220
    al. Prydydd y Moch, poet of the court of Gwynedd.
  • Ingomar
  • Seán Ó Conaire [ob. 1773]
    Irish priest and scholar
  • Fíngen mac Luchta
    In Airne Fíngein (‘Fíngen's vigil’), a prince (rígdomna) of Munster, who stands on top of Druim Fíngin one Samain night when he meets Rothníam, a woman of the síd, and through her learns of a series of wonders associated with the birth of Conn Cétchathach.
  • William Morgan [d. 1604]
    Welsh clergyman, who became bishop of Llandaf (cons. 1595) and subsequently of St Asaph (1601). He is known for having produced the first Welsh translation of the complete Bible (the Old and New Testaments), which took him many years to complete and was finally published in 1588.
  • Jocelin of Furness
    fl. 1175–1214
    hagiographer of the Cistercian abbey of Furness; author of ''Lives'' of St Patrick and St Kentigern
  • Columbanus
    fl. c.550–d. 615
    Irish peregrinus, scholar, abbot and monastic founder known chiefly for his activities in the kingdoms of Merovingian Gaul and Lombard Italy. His foundations included Luxeuil and Bobbio.
  • Finn mac Cumaill
    Finn mac Cumaill (earlier mac Umaill?), Find úa Báiscni: central hero in medieval Irish and Scottish literature of the so-called Finn Cycle; warrior-hunter and leader of a fían
  • Úna Nic Cruitín
    fl. 18th century
    Irish poet, daughter of the poet Aodh Buí Mac Cruitín. Her poems include one addressed to Isibéal Ní Bhriain.
  • Dafydd Gorlech
    fl. c.1466/70–1490
    Welsh poet whose name Gorlech refers to an association with the parish of Abergorlech in Cantref Mawr in south-west Wales. At least seven prophetic cywyddau are preserved.
  • Philargyrius
    s. v
    Late-antique author of Virgilian commentaries, on the Eclogues and probably the Georgics, that are now preserved in medieval recensions.
  • Donatus ortigraphus
    fl. c.815 and later
    Anonymous grammarian, probably of Irish origin, who worked on the continent and produced a grammatical treatise structured as a series of questions and answers, with ample citations from standard grammars such as Donatus and Priscian. The title Donatus ortigraphus is also applied as a shorthand for the work itself.
  • Caílte mac Rónáin
    or Caílte mac Crundchon meic Rónáin, kinsman of Finn mac Cumaill and a prominent member of his fían; accomplished warrior and hunter; one of the protagonists of Acallam na senórach