Manuscripts
Beaton (John) ... 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

Betham (William) (1779–1853)
(Sir) William Betham, English antiquary and collector of manuscripts; member of the Royal Irish Academy


Brownlow (Arthur) (1645–1712)
Anglo-Irish landowner at Lurgan (Co. Armagh) whose collection of Irish manuscripts attracted the attention of Edward Lhuyd in 1699.

Bryson (Samuel) (1778–1853)
Irish scribe from Belfast


Connellan (Thaddeus) (c.1780–1854)
Irish-language scholar and scribe.

Iolo Morganwg (1747–1826)
Edward Williams, better known by the bardic name he chose for himself, Iolo Morganwg, was a Welsh poet and antiquarian as well as a literary forger.


Lhuyd (Edward) (d. 1709)

Lúid (Seán) (1741–c.1786)
Irish schoolmaster from Limerick; author of Short tour, or an impartial and accurate description of the County of Clare (1780).

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.


Mac Bionaid (Art) (1793–1879)
Irish scholar, scribe and poet.

Mac Carraic (Héinrí) (fl. 18th century)
Irish scribe from the town of Sligo.

Mac Cruitín (Aindrias) (c.1650–1738)
Irish poet


Mac Gabhráin (Seán) (fl. early 18th c.)
Irish scribe.

Mac Gearailt (Piaras) (1702—c.1792)
Poet from Co. Cork


Mac Mathghamhna (Aindrias) (fl. second half of the 18th century)
Aindrias Mac Mathghamhna, Irish scribe


Mac Solaidh (Seón) (fl. early 18th century)
Irish scribe, of Stackallan (Co. Meath)

MacLachlan (Ewen) (1773–1822)
Gaelic scholar and poet; librarian at the University and King's College, Aberdeen (1800-1818); head of the Grammar School (1819-1822); was involved in the compilation of John Macleod’s Gaelic-English dictionary.


Welsh scholar and land surveyor. He and his brother Richard founded the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion.




Irish scribe responsible for BL MS Egerton 184 and RIA MS 23 G 4.


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.




Irish scribe and physician from a medical family in Ossory.


Ó Conuill (Seághan) (fl. 18th/19th century)
Seághan Ó Conuill / John O'Connell, Irish scribe



Ó Dálaigh (Aodh) (fl. mid–18th century)
Irish scribe and poet


Ó Dreada (Seán) (c.1770–1840)
Irish scribe and sculptor based in Cork.



Donnchadh (Bán) Ó Floinn, Irish scribe, scholar and publisher from Cork.

Irish scribe and schoolmaster who lived in Dublin

Ó hAnluain (Vailintín) (fl. 18th century)
Irish scribe associated with the Ó Neachtain circle in Dublin.


scribe from Limerick

Irish scribe; son of Mícheál mac Peadair Ó Longáin




Ó Maolmhuaidh (Aodh) (fl. 18th c.)
Irish scribe.


Ó Muláin (Seán) (s. xviii2 / s. xix1)
Irish teacher and scribe based in the city and county of Cork.


Ó Neachtain (Tadhg) (c.1670–c. 1752)
Irish scribe and scholar, son of Seán Ó Neachtain.

Ó Nuabha (Muiris) (fl. early 18th century)
Irish scribe

Ulster poet and scribe, who in one of his manuscripts gives his name as Pádraig Ua Pronntaigh mhic Néill mhic Seadhain, ó Loch Eírne.

Ó Rodaighe (Tadhg) (c. 1645–1706)
Irish antiquarian

Domhnall Ó Teimhinn (or perhaps Teinn), Irish scribe





Charles O'Conor, of Belanagare (Co. Roscommon), Irish scholar

O'Curry (Eugene) (b. 1794–d. 1862)
Irish scholar

O'Flaherty (Roderic) (1627/30–1716/18)
Roderic(k) O'Flaherty / Ruaidhrí (Óg) Ó Flaithbheartaigh, Irish nobleman, historian and collector of manuscripts; author of Ogygia seu rerum Hibernicarum chronologia (1685).

Irish scholar and compiler of an Irish-English dictionary (1817)

Welsh scholar from Cardigan, who assisted Edward Lhuyd on his travels in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Brittany, and became keeper of the Ashmolean in Oxford.

Welsh scholar, antiquarian, author, lexicographer; author of a Welsh and English Dictionary (1803)





Scurry (James) (1790?–1828)
Irish: Séamus Ó Scoireadh, farmer, scholar and translator from Kilkenny.

Scottish army surgeon, and Gaelic scholar, scribe and owner of manuscripts; was the younger brother of Rev. John Smith, who wrote and translated in Scottish Gaelic. Ronald Black (below, p. 11): “a native of Glenorchy and graduate of St Andrews, had been a surgeon in Crieff, with the Black Watch in America, and with the Breadalbane Fencibles at Enniskillen in Ireland. Now holding a staff appointment in Edinburgh, he had built up a big personal collection of old manuscripts, gleaned mainly in Ireland. He had written a ‘Disquisition on the Ancient Celts’ and an ‘Ancient History of the Scots’, neither of which was published”.

Irish scholar, scribe and antiquarian from Mitchelstown (Co. Dublin).

fourth son of the antiquary Robert Vaughan.