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Observations on the Book of Lismore

Brian Ó. Cuív
Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. Section C: Archaeology, Celtic Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature
Vol. 83C (1983), pp. 269-292
Published by: Royal Irish Academy
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25506104
Page Count: 24
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Observations on the Book of Lismore
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Abstract

The fifteenth-century manuscript known as the Book of Lismore is so called because it came to light during the course of structural alterations in Lismore Castle in 1814. The Book of Mac Carthaigh Riabhach would be a more appropriate title, for among the known patrons of one of the scribes were Fínghin Mac Carthaigh Riabhach of Cairbre in county Cork and his wife Caitilín. After its discovery much of the manuscript came into the hands of some Cork scholars and it was not until after 1856 that the parts now extant were re-united in Lismore. In 1930 the manuscript was transferred to Chatsworth, the Derbyshire seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and in 1950 a collotype facsimile edition of it was published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission with a descriptive introduction by R. A. S. Macalister. In this paper an attempt is made to throw some new light on the history of the manuscript, both before and after its discovery in Lismore in 1814, and on the possible contents of some of the lost folios.

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