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A CATALOGUE of such other ancient MSS. as have come
to the Knowledge of the Writer hereof.
Dr. Donald Smith had a complete copy of No. 10 of the London MSS. See his account in the Report. He had eight or nine other medical MSS. upon parchment in the same Gaelic character, besides copies of a great many others, which he wrote at different times from other MSS. His whole collection is valuable.
William Macdonald, Esq. of St. Martin's, WS. gave the keeper a paper medical M$. same character, a thick volume, written by Angus Conacher at Ardconel, Lochow-side, Argyleshire, 1612.
Lord Bannatyne gave a beautiful parchment MS. same character, to the Society. The supposed date upon the cover is 1268. See the account of it, and a fac-simile in the Report. p. 296.
+ A curious Deed of Fosterage, by Sir Norman Macleod of Bernera, 1640, with the witnesses names (penes Lord Bannatyne).
Dr. Wright of Edinburgh has two paper MSS. Gaelic grammars, in the old character. Mr. John Wright, Advocate, has Keating's History of Ireland.
The late Rev. James Maclagan at Blair Athole, had two ancient parchment MS. in the old Gaelic character. Subject unknown.
Mr. Norman Macleod, son of the Rev. Mr. Macleod of Morven, gave Mr. Mackintosh a paper MS.; an ancient tale in prose, in the same character.
Mr. Mathison of Feernaig, Ross-shire, has a paper MS. written in the Roman character. The orthography is very bad, like the Dean of Lismore's poetry; it is dated in 1688, and consists of songs and hymns by different persons, some by Bishop Carswell, Bishop of the Isles.
Mr. Simpson at Leith, has a paper MS.; but the writer hereof has not seen it.
The Lillium Medecinæ, a paper folio MS. written and translated by one of the Drs. Bethune of Skye, at the foot of Mount Peliop. It was given to the Antiquarian Society of Scotland, by the late Dr. Macqueen of Kilmore in Sky.
Another paper medical MS. in the same character, written by Dr. Malcolm Bethune, is in the Advocate's Library at Edinburgh.
The Society lately got another religious small paper MS. in the same character.
James Grant, Esq. of Corymony, left a paper MS. with Mr. Mackintosh some years ago, in the old character. It belonged to his mother, an excellent Gaelic scholar, and is the history of the wars of Cuchullin, in prose and verse. It is much worn at the ends and edges, and quite loose. It is certain that many ancient MSS. existed that are now lost.
(Signed) Donald MACKINTOSH, Keeper of the Gaelic MSS. Edinburgh, of the Highland Society of Scotland. 19th Nov. 1806.
Among the Clarendon MSS. at Oxford. Annales Ullonienses, sic dicti quod precipué contineant res gestas Ulloniensium. Codex antiquissimus caractere Hibernico scriptus; sed sermone, partim Hibernico, partim Latino. Fol. membr.
+ Annales Tigernaci, (Erenaci, ut opiniatur Waræus Clonmanaisensis. Vid. Annal. Ulton. ad an. 1088.) mutili in initio et alibi. Liber charactere et linguâ Hibernicis scriptus. Membr.
Miscellanea de Rebus Hibernicis, metricè. Linguâ partim Latinâ, partim Hibernicâ ; collecta per Engusium O‘Colode (fortè Colidium). Hic liber vulgò Psalter Narran appellatur.
Elegiæ Hibernicæ in Obitus quorundam Nobilium, fo. 50.
Notæ quædam Philosophicæ, patrim Latiné, partim Hibernicé. Characteribus Hibernicis, fo. 69. Membr.
Anonymi cujusdam Tractatus de variis apud Hibernos veteres occultis scribendi Formulis, Hibernicé Ogum dictis.
Finleachi O Catalai Gigantomachia (vel potiùs Acta Finni Mac Cuil, cum Prælio de Fintra,) Hibernicé. Colloquia quædam de Rebus Hibernicis, in quibus colloquentes introducuntur S. Patricius, Coillius, et Ossenus, Hibernicé, f. 12. Leges Ecclesiasticæ, Hibernicé, f. 53. Membr.
Vitæ Sanctorum Hibernicorum, per Magnum, sive Manum, filium Hugonis O'Donnel, Hibernigé descriptæ. An. 1532. Fol. Membr.
Calieni Prophetiæ, in Linguâ Hibernica. Ejusdem libri exemplar extat in Bibl. Cotton. f. 22. b.
Extracto ex Libro Killensi, Linguâ Hibernica, f. 39.
In the Bodleian Library, Oxford. + An old Irish MS. on parchment, containing, among other tracts, An Account of the Conquest of Britain by the Romans. Of the Saxon Conquest and their Heptarchy. An Account of the Irish Saints, in verse, written in the tenth century. The Saints of the Roman Breviary. An Account of the Conversion of the Irish and English to Christianity, with some other subjects. Laud. F. 92 This book, as is common in old Irish Manuscripts, has here and there some Latin notes intermixed with Irish, and may possibly contain some hints of the doctrines of the Druids.
+ The Works of St. Columba, in verse, containing some Account of his own Life, his Exhortation to Princes, and his Prophecies. An old vellum MS. of 140 pages, in the form of a music book. Laud. D. 17.
A chronological History of Ireland, by Jeffrey Keating, D. D.
In the Advocate's Library at Edinburgh.
+ The Life of St. Columba, said to have been translated from the Latin into Gaelic.
In the Harleian Library.
+ No. 5280. A MS. volume containing twenty-one Gaelic, or Irish, Treatises, of which Mr. Astle, in his Origin and Progress of Writing, has given an account, with specimens of the writing.
Irish Manuscripts in Trinity College, Dublin. Extracto ex Libro de Kells, Hibernicé.
A book in Irish, treating, 1. Of the Building of Babel. 2. Of Grammar. 3. Of Physic. 4. Of Chirurgery. Fol. D. 10.
A book containing several ancient historical matters, especially of the coming of Milesius out of Spain. B. 35.
The Book of Balimor, containing, 1. The Genealogies of all the ancient Families in Ireland. 2. The Uracept, or a book for the education of youth, written by K. Comfoilus Sapiens. 3. The Ogma, or Art of writing in characters. 4. The History of the Wars of Troy, with other historical matters contained in the Book of Lecane, D. 18. The Book of Lecane, alias Sligo, contains the following treatises : 1. A Treatise of Ireland and its Divisions into Provinces, with the History of the Irish Kings and Sovereigns, answerable to the General History; but nine leaves are wanting. 2. How the Race of Milesius came into Ireland, and of their Adventures since Moses's Passing through the Red Sea. 3. Of the Descent and Years of the Ancient Fathers. 4. A Catalogue of the Kings of Ireland, in verse. 5. The Maternal Genealogies and Degrees of the Irish Saints. 6. The Ge. nealogies of our Lady Joseph and several other Saints mentioned in Scripture. 7. An Alphabetic Catalogue of Irish Saints. 8. The Sacred Antiquity of the Irish Saints, in verse. 9. Cormac's Life. 10. Several Transactions of the Monarchs of Ireland and their Provincial Kings. 11. The History of Eogain Mor, Knight; as also of his Children and Posterity. 12. O Neil's Pedigree. 13. Several Battles of the Scept of Cinet Ogen, or Tribe of Owen, from Owen Mac Neile Mac Donnoch. 14. Manne, the son of King Neal of the Nine Hostages, and his Family. 15. Fiacha, the son of Mac Neil, and his Scept. 16. Leogarius, son of Nelus Magnus, and his Tribe. 17. The Connaught Book. 18. The Book of Fiatrach. 19. The Book of Uriel. 20. The Leinster Book. 21. The Descent of the Fochards, or the Nolans. 22. The Descent of those of Leix, or the O'Mores. 23. The Descent of Decyes of Munster, or the Ophelans. 24. The coming of Muscrey to Moybreagh. 25. A Commentary on the Antiquity of Albany, now called Scotland. 26. The Descent of some Scepts of the Irish, different from those of the most known sort, that is of the posterity of Lugadh Frith. 27. The Ulster Book. 28. The British Book. 29. The Uracept, or a Book for the Education of Youth, written by K. Comfoilus Sapiens. 30. The Genealogies of St. Patrick and other Saints; as also an Etymology of the hard Words in the said Treatise. 31. A Treatise of several Prophecies. 32. The Laws, Customs, Exploits, and Tributes of the Irish Kings and Provincials. 33. A a Treatise of Eva, and the famous Women of Ancient
Times. 34. A Poem that treats of Adam and his Posterity. 35. The Munster Book. 36. A book, containing the Etymology of all the Names of the Chief Territories and Notable Places in Ireland. 37. Of the several Invasions of Clan Partholan, Clan-nanvies, Firbolg, Tu'atha de Danaan, and the Milesians into Ireland. 38. A Treatise of the most considerable men of Ireland, from the time of Leogarius, the son
of Nelus Magnus, alias Neale of the Nine Hostages in the time of Roderic O'Conner, Monarch of Ireland, fol. parchment, D. 19.
De Chirurgia. De Infirmitatibus Corporis humani, Hibernicé. f. Membr. C. 1.
Excerpta quædam de antiquitatibus Incolarum, Dublin ex libris Bel. emorensi et Sligentino, Hibernice.
Hymni in laudem B. Patricii, Brigidæ, et Columbiæ, Hibern. plerumque. Invocationes Apostolorum et SS. cum not. Hibern. in. terlin. et margin. Orationes quædam exerptæ ex Psalmis ; partim Latiné, partim Herbincé, fol. Membr. I. 125.
Opera Galeni et Hippocratis de Chirurgià, Hibernicé, fol. Membr. C. 29.
A book of Postils in Irish, fol. Membr. D. 24.
Certain Prayers, with the Argument of the Four Gospels and the Acts, in Irish. (10.) 'Fiechi Slebthiensis, Hymnus in laudem S. Patricii Hibernicé. (12.) An Hymn on S. Brigid, in Irish, made by Columkill in the time of Eda Mac Ainmireck, cum Regibus Hibern. et success. S. Patricii. (14.) Sanctani Hymhus. Hibern.
Reverendissimi D. Bedelli Translatio Hibernica S. Bibliorum.
There are besides many Ancient Gaelic and Irish MSS. in the libraries of private individuals in Great Britain and Ireland, of which we have no accurate information, but if the possessors were to send to the publishers an account of them, it would perhaps be satisfactory to the admirers of Celtic Literature to notice them in the next edition of this work.
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