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Manuscript in Gaelic of the life of Saint Findchua of Brí Gobhann.

Identifier: Adv.MS.72.1.24

Scope and Contents

According to its colophon (folio 8 recto), the manuscript is written by Conchubhar for the vicar and parson of Brí Gobhann (Mitchelstown, County Cork) and for the grandson of Robert Condon, all of whom, apparently, have promised to pay him for his work. He adds, apparently by way of warning, that his attorney (tuirrne) is Denis Ó Duinnín; this may be the Donnchadh mac Giolla-na-naomh Uí Dhuinnín who wrote a section of the Yellow Book of Lecan in ?1465. Conchubhar’s script is generally large, ovoid. His only decoration is a large initial A, and his only marginalium, folio 2 recto, is virtually illegible: ‘Ar...u...dar b...cuma limsa an lit…’(?).

The contents are as follows.

Life of Saint Findchua of Brí Gobhann. Beginning ‘A...d brugaid amru ro g...’ (above is an illegible line). Corresponds closely to Stokes, (editor) ‘Lives of saints from the Book of Lismore’, page 84, but continues past the end of Stokes’ edition in two columns, largely illegible, at folio 8 verso. In smaller lettering at folio 8 recto, lower margin, is the colophon: “Misi Concubar ⁊ beatha ⁊ slainti uaim do bicairi ⁊ do peasain Brí Gobann ⁊ do mac mhic Roibeart Contun ⁊ cennchuid amail ro gelladur in mbethaidsi Fhindcaid ⁊ aithnid corub tuirrne dilis damsa Denis O Duindin ⁊ do rindisa amail ro gellus ⁊ fuilngid patruin na tuaithi ⁊ na cilli an digbail risin lebar so ⁊ na sailid na clerig a fhagbail ar deirc na ar guidi ach cuirid fhiacha chugumsa ⁊ guidid ar anmunnaib icarat fein ⁊ na denad in lebar so d’ fillid amail do níat clerig ⁊ leaga do bunad ⁊ na tobrad ar iasacht e ⁊ na tabrad re scribad ⁊ leasaigit fa glas co honorach. Finitt”. There are 3 lines of similarly small script across foot of folio 8 verso: these are illegible.


  • Creation: ?15th Century.

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8 Leaves ; Quarto. 23.5 x 16.5 centimetres.

Language of Materials

Gaelic; Scottish Gaelic


8 folios. (The foliation is modern).

A gathering.

Except for folio 8 verso the work is in single columns.

Custodial History

Formerly Gaelic MS.XXIV.

The manuscript is not numbered by Major MacLachlan, and not listed in Mackintosh’s catalogue. It is numbered 20 by Hugh Kerr, whose name or initials appear on every leaf.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.


The manuscript has been previously catalogued in: John Mackechnie, ‘Catalogue of Gaelic manuscripts in selected libraries in Great Britain and Ireland’ (Boston, 1973), page 163, and Donald Mackinnon, “Descriptive catalogue of Gaelic manuscripts in the Advocates' library, Edinburgh, and elsewhere in Scotland” (Edinburgh, 1912), page 84.

‘Lives of saints from the Book of Lismore’, in ‘Anecdota Oxoniensia, Medieval Modern Series 5’ (Oxford, 1890), edited and translated by Whitley Stokes.

Physical Description


Most of the text at folios 1 recto and 8 verso is lost through exposure to dirt and rubbing, and a little is lost at folio 2 recto through peeling. A gash at folio 2 is stitched in green thread. The manuscript is bound by thongs.

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