Corpus of Electronic Texts Edition: G100016

Chronicon Scotorum

Author: [unknown]

Background details and bibliographic information

File Description

Electronic edition compiled by Beatrix Färber and Ruth Murphy

Funded by University College, Cork and
Professor Marianne McDonald via the CELT Project

3. Third draft, with introduction by W. Hennessy.

Extent of text: 65000 words


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Text ID Number: G100016

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This digital edition is based on an unpublished edition by Gearóid Mac Niocaill, copyrighted to him, and used with his kind permission.


The introduction prefixed to this electronic edition is that written by W. Hennessy in his 1866 edition of the text.


    Manuscript sources
  1. Dublin, Trinity College Library, 1292 olim H. 1. 18, ff. 16–37; paper; s. xvii (c. 1640x1650); scribe Dubhaltach Mac Fir Bhisigh, writing in a formal archaising hand; patron Dr John Lynch. Annals from AM 1599 to 1135. There is a lacuna, AD 723–804 (part). Further annals, of unknown provenance, occupy the four last pages, refer to the years 1141–50, and are published in Hennessy's edition. These are in the ordinary hand of Mac Fir Bhisigh and his unidentified amanuensis. All later MSS of Chronicum Scotorum derive from MS 1292 and have no independent value.
  1. W. M. Hennessy (ed. & trans.) Chronicum Scotorum, RS 46 (London 1866; repr. Wiesbaden 1964).
  1. Trinity College Dublin Library, Ir Cat 64–66, 335.
  2. Eugene O'Curry, Lectures on the manuscript materials of ancient Irish history (Dublin 1861; repr. Dublin 1878 & 1995) 127–30, Appendix LXV.
  3. Gearóid Mac Niocaill, The medieval Irish annals (Dublin 1975) 18–23, 27–28.
  4. Kathryn Grabowski & David N. Dumville, Chronicles and annals of medieval Ireland and Wales: the Clonmacnoise group of texts (Woodbridge, 1984).
  5. Nollaig Ó Muraíle, The celebrated antiquary Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh (c.1600–71): his lineage life and learning (Maynooth, 1996) 97–107, 308–309.
  6. Daniel P. Mc Carthy, 'The chronology of the Irish annals', Proc Roy Ir Acad (C) 98 (1998) 203–255.
  7. Daniel P. Mc Carthy, on his website at offers comprehensive information on two traditions of dating used in the Irish Annals, together with two ancillary articles, 'Chronological synchronisation of the Irish annals', and 'Collation of the Irish regnal canon'.
  8. Daniel P. Mc Carthy, The Irish Annals: their genesis, evolution and history (Dublin 2008).
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Chronicon Scotorum. Gearóid Mac Niocaill (ed), W. Hennessy (Introduction) (ed), [296 pp.]

    Unpublished manuscript, except for W. Hennessy's introduction (added to the third draft of the electronic file).


Project Description

CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts

Sampling Declaration

The present electronic edition of the CS written by Dubhaltach Mac Firbhisigh comprises the Pre-Christian section (in narrative form), and the Prepatrician (353–431) and Postpatrician sections in annal form (432 to 549, 550–722, 804–1135, and 1141–1150). Mac Niocaill's dating has been used. It is hoped to supplement this with Dr Daniel Mac Carthy's dating in a later draft. Missing text supplied by the editor is tagged sup resp="GMN". Text supplied from Hennessy's edition is tagged sup source="WMH". An English translation is available in a separate file. Some editorial notes are integrated into the electronic edition as note type="auth" n="".

Editorial Declaration


Text has been checked and proofread once. All corrections and supplied text are tagged.


The electronic text represents the edited text. The abbreviation for Kalends (Kl with a stroke through l) is rendered Kl. Superscript o in Latin ordinals is silently removed.


Soft hyphens are silently removed.


div0=the text; div1=a section; div2=an annal (the annalistic entries for a single year); div3=an individual entry in an annal. All entries are numbered. Page-breaks are marked pb n="". Passages of verse occurring within paragraphs are treated as embedded texts; the stanzas are marked lg and metrical lines are marked l.

Standard Values

Dates occuring in running text are not tagged in this edition.


Personal names, place names and group names have been tagged. Social and professional roles have been tagged. Surnames did not emerge prior to 1000; hence all personal names appearing earlier are tagged as first names.

Canonical References

This text uses the DIV2 element to represent the Annal.

Profile Description

Created: Copied by Dubhaltach Mac Firbhishigh from older (lost) sources.

Use of language

Language: [LA] Substantial parts are in Latin.
Language: [GA] The bulk of the text is in Old and Middle Irish.
Language: [EN] The editor's introduction is in English.
Language: [FR] A quote in the introduction is in French.

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