Dublin fragment of pre-Palladian annals

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Set of pre-Palladian Irish annals found in a single manuscript, TCD MS 1282 (H. 1. 8). The first leaves are wanting and the extant fragment runs from AD 81 (death of Iriel Glúnmar) to AD 378. Current scholarship is divided whether to regard the annals as a part of the Annals of Ulster, as argued by Daniel Mc Carthy, or a separate compilation altogether. It was previously held to be part of the Annals of Tigernach and on that account, Whitley Stokes published an edition with the title ‘Dublin fragment of Tigernach's annals’.

Manuscript witnesses

f. 12r–f. 14v
Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1282 
Preceding, or part of, a text of the Annals of Ulster.
ff. 12r–14v  


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.] Mac Airt, Seán, and Gearóid Mac Niocaill (eds. and trs.), The Annals of Ulster, to AD 1131, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1983.
CELT – edition, s. a. 431-1131 (pp. 38-578): <link> CELT – translation, s. a. 431-1131 (pp. 39-579): <link>
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The Dublin fragment of Tigernach’s annals”, Revue Celtique 18 (1897): 374–391.  
comments: These annals are not part of the Annals of Tigernach, edited in this volume of RC and elsewhere.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – Stokes' editions of the Annals of Tigernach assembled: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Charles-Edwards, T. M., The Chronicle of Ireland: translated with an introduction and notes, 2 vols, Translated Texts for Historians 44, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2006.
3 n. 2 Cf. comments in Mc Carthy's review in Peritia 20: 379-387: 379-380.
Mc Carthy, Daniel P., “The original compilation of the Annals of Ulster”, Studia Celtica 38 (2004): 69–96.
Mc Carthy, Daniel P., “The status of the pre-Patrician Irish annals”, Peritia 12 (1998): 98–152.  
This investigation of the pre-Patrician material in Irish annals first reviews the historiography, then examines the chronology of Roman imperial successions, and reveals a conflation of Eutropius’s Breviarium with Jerome’s Chronicle. Collation with Bede’s Chronicon maior shows these annals and Bede have a common source. The annals preserve more of this source and its chronological apparatus. The Alexandrian episcopal succession in AT derives directly from Rufinus’s History, and the errors suggest that he himself constructed it. The Hebrew succession in Bede and AI reveals divergences from Jerome’s chronology, not plausibly the work of Bede but appropriate to Rufinus. Hence the hypothesis that Rufinus compiled a chronicle in the early fifth century, that it came to Ireland with the 84-year paschal table of Sulpicius Severus, and that it was used in Iona in the mid-sixth century as the basis for the Iona Chronicle.
O'Curry, Eugene, Lectures on the manuscript materials of ancient Irish history, delivered at the Catholic University of Ireland during the sessions of 1855 and 1856, Dublin, 1861.
Internet Archive: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – Originally from Google Books: <link>, <link>, <link> Internet Archive – multiple copies: <link>
517–523 [‘Appendix 32’] Quotation of a letter from Todd, in which he discusses the manuscript fragment; followed by O'Curry's own discussion.