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Bethada Náem nÉrenn

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Charles Plummer

Electronic edition compiled by Elva Johnston

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Professor Marianne McDonald via the CURIA Project.

2. Second draft.

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For a description of the MS see Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, fasc. 23 (ed. Elizabeth FitzPatrick and Kathleen Mulchrone, Dublin 1940) 2780–83. The following texts occur only in O'Clery 1: Cóemgen I, Cóemgen II and Colmán Ela. The following occur only in O'Clery 2: Berach, Brendan I, Ciarán of Saighir II, and Úi Suanaigh. The following are found only in Stowe: Ciarán I and M' Áedóc I. The following are found both in O'Clery 1 and Stowe: Abbán, Bairre, Mo Chuda I. The following are found in O'Clery 2 and Stowe: Ruadán and Mo Chuda II (in part). Where Lives occur in two or more MSS more detailed information is given below about them and the use made of them. Abbán: this Life occurs in O'Clery 1, ff 145b–50, and Stowe, pp 205–21. Plummer prints the putatively more conservative text of O'Clery 1 and cites copious variant readings from Stowe and indicates parallel passages in the Latin Lives of the same saint. Only the text of O'Clery 1 is retained in the electronic edition. The chapter numbers (=div2 of the electronic text) derive from O'Clery 1, the sub-sections (=div3 of the electronic text) derive from Plummer. Bairre: this Life occurs in O'Clery 1, ff 122b–28a (see Pádraig Ó Riain, Beatha Bharra: Saint Finbarr of Cork: the complete life, Irish Texts Society 57 (1993) [1994], 42–47, with facsimiles of p. 122b and 128b), and Stowe, pp 1–17 (see Ó Riain, op. cit. 46–52, with facsimile of p. 277), which derive from the same exemplar. Two fragments of a third copy occur in Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, Book of Fermoy, f 59c–60a (MS 1134), vellum, scribes various, 15th cent. (lacunose) and containing sub-sections 1–7, 49, 50. For a description of this MS see Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, fasc. 25 (ed. Gerard Murphy and Elizabeth FitzPatrick, Dublin 1940) 3091–3125; Ó Riain, op. cit. 40–43 (with facsimile of Book of Fermoy, p. 88). Plummer collated these fragments for his edition. Plummer also makes reference to a later expanded recensions that occurs in several late MSS (18th to 19th cent.), siglum Ir2. In fact, the modernised recensions exists in some 23 MSS and for a full discussion of these MSS and their texts see Ó Riain, op. cit. 188–99, and for an edition of the text, ibid. 200–22. In this electronic edition, the readings from Fermoy, Stowe, Ir2 are ignored. The chapter numbers (=div2 of the electronic text) derive from O'Clery 1, the sub-sections (=div3 of the electronic text) derive from Plummer. Berach: the electronic edition represents O Clery 2, ff 71–88 Brénainn: the electronic edition represents O Clery 2, ff 224a–263b. For a discussion of its relationship with other texts bearing on Brénainn, Plummer, op. cit. p. xvii–xxv. Dá apstol décc na h-Érenn: There are two vellum MSS and three paper of this text. (1) Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, Liber Flauus Fergusiorum, v ff 7c–8b, aliter 50v (=23 O 48=MS 476), 15th cent.; for a description of the MS see Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, fasc 10 (ed. Winifred Wulff and Kathleen Mulchrone), 1254–73. (2) London, British Library, Egerton 1781, ff 152d–153d, written in 1487 by Diarmait Bacach Mac Parthalain; for a description see O'Grady and Flower, Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the British Library, ii (London 1926, repr. Dublin 1992) 526–45: 544 no. 30). (3) O'Clery 1. (4) Brussels, Bibliothèque royale, 5100–4, f 12a, written in 1634 by Michael O'Clery. MSS (3) and (4) are copied from the same MS, Leabur Ruadh Muimhnech, written by Murchad Ó Coinlis. (5) London, British Library, Egerton 136, AD 1630 (for a description see O'Grady and Flower, Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the British Library, ii (London 1926, repr. Dublin 1992) 554–63: 560–61 no. 19. Plummer prints O'Clery 1 with variants from Liber Flauus Fergusiorum, Egerton 1781 and Egerton 136. The electronic edition represents the text of O'Clery 1 and the variants are ignored. The text is also edited from Brussels, Bibliothèque royale, 5100–4, f 12a with variants from Liber Flauus Fergusiorum by Rudolf Thurneysen, 'Eine Variante der Brendan-Legende', Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 10 (1915) 408–420: 409–16 (text), 416–20 (translation into German). Ciarán Saighre I: this text is from the unique copy in Stowe. Ciarán Saighre II: this text is from the unique copy in O'Clery 2, ff 144a–53b. Cóemgen I: this text is from the unique copy in O'Clery 1, ff 274a–77b. Cóemgen II: this text (wholly in verse) is from the unique copy in O'Clery 1, ff 278a–86b. Cóemgen III: there are four MSS of this life, both late. (1) Dublin, Trinity College Library, H. 4. 4 (1346), p. 146–66, written by Aodh Ó Dálaigh (Hugh O'Daly) in January 1725 in Dublin (for an inadequate account of the MS see T. K. Abbott and E. J. Gwynn, Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College Dublin (Dublin 1921) 170–71). (2) Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 24 M 38 (MS 60), ff 1–36, 19th cent., written by Owen Connellan. (3) Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 23 K 24 (MS 59), pp 35–70, written in 1765 by Labhrás Mhac an Alladh (Laurence McNally); (4) Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 24 L 35 (MS 61), pp 1–19, written by Fr Anthony Gernon in Louvain in 1640. MS 2 and 3 are confused by Plummer, op. cit. p. xxvii, but it is clear that his references are to MS 2. MS 4 was unknown to Plummer and is not the archetype of MS 1. For details of MSS 2–4 see Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, fasc. 2 (ed. Kathleen Mulchrone), 167–73. Plummer edits the text from MS 1 with variants from MS 2. The electronic edition represents the text of MS 1. Colmán Ela: this text is from the unique copy in O'Clery 1, ff 219a–26b. M' Áedóc I. This text is from the unique copy in Stowe, pp 132–47. M' Áedóc II. Three MSS are used in Plummer's edition. (1) O'Clery 1, ff 168a–218b, copied in 1629 from and older MS. (2) Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, 23 O 41 (MS 181), pp 241–328, written in 1721 by Semus Mhaguidhir (James Maguire) (for a description of the MS see Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, fasc. 4 (ed. Kathleen Mulchrone), 496–99). (3) Dublin, Trinity College Library, H. 6. 3 (1406), written in 1737 by Aodh Ó Dálaigh (Hugh O'Daly) (inadequately described, Abbott and Gwynn, op. cit. 266). There are late MSS not used by Plummer. Plummer edits the text from MS 1 with variants from MS 2 and MS 3. The electronic edition represents the text of MS 1 with one correction from Osborn Bergin. Mo Chuda 1: Text from O'Clery 1, ff 151a–57b with variants readings from Stowe. The electronic text represents the text of O'Clery 1. Indarba Mo Chuda a r-Rathin=Mo Chuda II. The text occurs in (1) O'Clery 2, ff. 266a–71b. (2) Book of Fermoy (23 E 29, MS 1134), 34b2–36b, vellum, 15th cent., ends imperfect (for a description see Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, fasc. 25 (ed. Gerard Murphy and Elizabeth FitzPatrick), 3091–125: 3099). (3) Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Ashmole 1763, f 58. (4) Stowe, a (slightly abbreviated) version inserted into the life of Mo Chuda above. These MSS have been collated by Plummer who prints O'Clery 2 with copious variants from MSS 2–4. The electronic edition represents the text of O'Clery 2 only. A different recension of sub-sections 2–20 of this text is edited from Oxford, Bodleian Library, Rawlinson B 512, f 59b (with translation in Whitley Stokes (ed), The Martyrology of Oengus the Culdee, Henry Bradshaw Society 29 (London 1905) 92–97. Do mhacuibh Úa Suanaig: the text is the unique copy in O'Clery 2, ff 272a–74b.Rúadán. The text is printed from O'Clery 1, ff 193–202, with variants from Stowe, 287ff. The electronic text represents the text of O'Clery 1.

Sources

    Manuscript sources
  1. Brussels, Royal Library, MS 2324–40, written by Michael O'Clery, AD 1620–1635 (hereafter O'Clery 1).
  2. Brussels, Royal Library, MS 4190–200, written by Michael O'Clery, AD 1627–1635 (hereafter O'Clery 2).
  3. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 968 (olim A iv 1 olim Stowe MSS, vol. 9, see Catalogue of the Irish Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, fasc. 22, p. 2780), copied at Cork by Domhnall Ó Duinnín for Francis O'Mahony, provincial of the Friars Minor of Ireland in September 1627 (hereafter Stowe).
    Edition
  1. Charles Plummer, Bethada Náem nÉrenn. Lives of the Irish Saints (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1922, repr. 1968). 2 vols. Vol. 1: Introduction, texts, glossary; vol. 2: Translations, notes, indexes.
    Select bibliography of the writings of Charles Plummer
  1. P. Allen; F. M. Stenton; R. I. Best, Charles Plummer 1851–1927 [with bibliography], Proceedings of the British Academy 15. Separately printed [1931].
  2. P. Grosjean, Charles Plummer, Revue celtique 45 (1928), 431–435.
  3. Charles Plummer, The Conversion of Loegaire and his Death, Revue celtique 6 (1884), 162–172.
  4. Charles Plummer, Notes on the Stowe Missal, Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung 27 (1885), 441–448.
  5. Charles Plummer, Some new light on the Brendan legend, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 5 (1905), 124–141.
  6. Charles Plummer, Cáin Eimíne Báin, Ériu 4 (1908), 39–46.
  7. Charles Plummer, Betha Farannáin, Anecdota from Irish Manuscripts 3 (1909), 1–7.
  8. Charles Plummer, Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae (Oxford 1910). 2 vols.
  9. Charles Plummer, The miracles of Senan, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 10 (1914), 1–35.
  10. Charles Plummer, Notes on some passages in the Brehon laws, Ériu 8 (1916 (17)), 127–132; 9 (1921), 31–42; (1923), 109–117; 10 (1926), 113–129.
  11. Charles Plummer, On the meaning of Ogam stones, Revue celtique 40 (1923), 387–390.
  12. Charles Plummer, Notes on some passages in the Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus of Stokes and Strachan, Revue celtique 42 (1925), 376–378.
  13. Charles Plummer, Irish Litanies (London 1925). Henry Bradshaw Society 62.
  14. Charles Plummer, Miscellanea Hagiographica Hibernica (Brussels 1925). Société des Bollandistes, Subsidia Hagiographica 15.
  15. Charles Plummer, On the colophons and marginalia of Irish scribes, Proceedings of the British Academy 12, 11–44. Separately printed, 34 pp. (London [1926]).
  16. Charles Plummer, On the fragmentary state of the text of the Brehon laws, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 17 (1927), 157–166.
  17. Charles Plummer; J. Fraser; P. Grosjean, Vita Brigitae (Irish Texts 1 (1931), 2–18).
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Bethada Náem nÉrenn. in Lives of the Irish SaintsCharles Plummer (ed), Richard Irvine Best (ed), (ed), Second edition, in that the text is reprinted from the corrected sheets of the first edition [vol. 1: xliv + 346 pp; vol. 2: 484pp] Clarendon PressOxford (1922) (repr. 1968)

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Created: By unknown authors in Irish monastic scriptoria Date range: c. 1000–1200, various and unknown .

Use of language

Language: [GA] Over 99% in Middle Irish and Early Modern Irish.
Language: [LA] Less than 1% in Latin, mostly biblical citations and textual formulae.
Language: [EN] Supplied title and editor's annotations are in English.

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