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Papers, autograph and typescript, of Edmund Crosby Quiggin, chiefly relating to the Book of the Dean of Lismore (Adv.MS.72.1.37)., Early 20th century.

Identifier: MS.14870(iii)

Scope and Contents

From the Sub-Series:

The contents are as follows.

(i) Letter of Professor W J Watson to Dr Edmund Crosby Quiggin, dated 29 November 1919, (folio 1);

(ii) Letter of Professor John Fraser to Mrs Quiggin, dated 25 May 1937, (folio 2);

(iii) ‘Truagh mo dal re deichlaithibh’, 9 stanzas, (folio 4 recto);

(iv) Lists of poems from various sources, (folio 4 verso);

(v) Index to the Book of the Dean of Lismore, with transcripts of many minor and miscellaneous items, especially non-Gaelic material. The index published by Fraser, ‘Poems from the Book of the Dean of Lismore’, page 95, is an abstract of this, (folio 12);

(vi) Transcripts of short Gaelic items from the Book of the Dean of Lismore, (folio 33);

(vii) Notes on, and transliterations and translations of poems 1-3 in the Book of the Dean of Lismore, (folio 52); (viii) Notes on poems 1-9 in the Book of the Dean of Lismore, quoting classical and continental parallels, (folio 76);

(ix) On the Book of the Dean of Lismore, poems 1-8, 10-33, 35, 40-42, 44-46, 51, 58, 60-62, 65-66, 70, 72, 76. Notes, transliterations, translations, and versions from other manuscripts. Arranged in sequence, numbers 1-76. Many leaves are stamped as received by Cambridge University Press in 1910: according to O’Rahilly, ‘Indexes to the Book of the Dean of Lismore’, page 33) the 76 poems were printed in page-form by the time of Quiggin’s death. Includes letters or notes to Quiggin from Eleanor Knott, Dublin, 1919 (folios 136, 201-207, 307), from Quiggin to Professor W J Watson, 1919 (folio 216), and from Watson to Mrs Quiggin, 1920 (folio 217), (folio 91);

(x) Notes, chiefly brief, on the Book of the Dean of Lismore, poems 22-43, 45-53, 55-57, 59, 63-64, 67-71, 73, 75. With transcripts (or versions from other manuscripts) of poems 31, 35, 40, 68, (folio 641);

(xi) English translations of some poems in MS.14872, (folio 653);

(xii) Translation of “Teine arna fadódh fearg Dhé”, 40 quatrains, (folio 684);

(xiii) Text and translation of various poems in MS.14872, (folio 686);

(xiv) Aengus mac Cerbaill Ruaid Ua Dálaig. “In tú arís, a ráith Temrach”? 57 quatrains. With English translation, (folio 760);

(xv) “Sagart do-bhí feacht eile”, 9 quatrains, (folio 769);

(xvi) Notes and quotations used by Quiggin for his ‘Prolegomena to the Study of the later Irish Bards’, page 89, (folio 770).


  • Creation: Early 20th century.

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196 Leaves

Language of Materials

From the Sub-Series: Gaelic; Scottish Gaelic


(iii) + 193 folios. Folios 392-585 of 781.

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