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Leabhar Mór Leacain: Book of Lecan

Dublin: Royal Irish Academy. Written by Adam ó Cuirnín in 1418 A.D. for Gilla Isu mac Fir Bisigh, a man of learning of the Ui Fiachrach. The complete text had 30 folios. The first 9 folios were lost in 1724. The beginning of the book contains the Leabhar Gabhála Érenn: The Book of the Taking of Ireland, Dindshenchas: Story of Important Places, Bansenchas, and Leabhar na gCeart: Book of Rights. The text is contaminated with a greasy substance that makes the pages semi-transparent and difficult to read. Only 500 pages remain. (15, 18, 22).

The remainder of the Book of Lecan called Leabhar Buidhe Lecain: Yellow Book of Lecan is at University of Dublin’s Trinity College Library: College Shelfmark TCD MS 1338. It contains 344 columns of vellum text with the first 289 written by 1392 A.D. by Gilla Isu Mór Mac Fhir Bhisigh, who writes a note in the margin in 1380 A.D. with his assistant Murchadh Riabhach Ó Cuinnlis finishing the remainder around 1401 AD. Edward Lhuyd bound together 17 manuscripts as a single volume & dubbed them Leabhar an Buide Leacain: The Yellow Book of Lecan in March 1700 at Park from a note by Ciothruadh Mac Firbhisigh: [Leab]ar an Buide Leacain anim an leabhair so; mise Cirruaidh mac Taidg Ruaidh/The Yellow Book of Lecan is the name of this book; I am Ciothruagh son of Taidg Ruaidh. 99 folios of Gilla Isa’s survive. Stories The Yellow Book contains: The Life of Saint Patrick as told by Fintan containing the giant Trefuilngid Tre-eochair (31):

  1. Betha Naomh Féchis Fore: Life of St. Féchis of Fore
  2. Sanas Cormaic: Cormac’s Glossary
  3. Etymolgies
  4. Togail Bruidne Da Derga: Destruction of 2 Red’s Hostel (1 leaf only)
  5. Duanaire: Poems
  6. Cáin Domnaig: Law of Sunday
  7. Regula Mochuta Raithin
  8. Célí Dé
  9. Bec mac Dé: Little Son of the Diety
  10. Bríathra Flainn Fhína maic Ossu: Wise sayings of Flann Fína Or Aldfrith
  11. Audacht Morainn: Testament of Morann
  12. Trecheng Breth Féne: Triads of Ireland
  13. Tech Midchuarta: House of Mead-Circling
  14. Short account of the 12 Apostles
  15. History of the Jews from Abraham to David
  16. Cath Maige Rath: Grain Harvest of the Womb Plain (partly illegible)
  17. Aided Muirchertaig meic Erca: Death of Muirchertach Son of Erca
  18. Columcille cecinit: Columcille’s Poem
  19. Fled Dúin na nGéd: Banquet of the Fort of the Geese
  20. Rann by Mac Liag, bard of Brian Boru
  21. Fiansruth
  22. St. Cuimín Fota, metrical dialogue between him & St Comgan (Mac Da Cherda: Son of 2 Arts)
  23. Metrical prayer by St. Mael Isa O’Brallaghan
  24. Scúap Chrábaid: Sweeping Red Branch
  25. O Deus Pater omnipotens: Latin Litany to Holy Trinity
  26. Gelasius: List of Archbishops of Armagh from St. Patrick to Giolla Mac Liag
  27. Genelach Clann Breasil: Geneology of Clan Breasil
  28. Frithfolaid ríg Caisil fri túatha Muman: The counter-obligations of the king of Cashel towards the peoples of Munster
  29. Baile Moling: St Moling’s Ecstasy/Prophecy
  30. Tochmarc Moméra: Wooing of Moméra
  31. Extract: how Finn mac Cumaill made peace between Glangressach, chief ollam of the Meic Miled, & Sodelb, daughter of Cormac
  32. Aided Fergusa maic Roig: Death of Fergus mac Rói (extract)
  33. Arrival of Silvius, grandson of Ascanius, in Britain (extract)
  34. Account of celebrated trees of Ireland prostrated by a storm in the year 665.
  35. Táin Bó Flidhais: Cattle Raid of the Stag Queen or the Mayo Táin, a tale set in Erris, County Mayo, Ireland (fragment)
  36. Comarbada Pátraic: A short account of the mother & 5 sisters of St. Patrick (partly illegible).
  37. Immram curaig Maíle Dúin: Voyage of Máel Dúin
  38. Immram Snédgusa ocus Maic Riagla: Voyage of Snedgus & Mac Riagla
  39. Immram Brain maic Febail: Voyage of Bran Son of Febal
  40. Echtrae Chonnlai: Adventures of Connla
  41. Dindsenchas: Story of Important Places [Turim Tigi Temrach: Enumeration of the House of Tara, Aicill, Slíab Mairge]
  42. De semine animalium; de virihus animalium: Latin: Medical treatise (fragment)
  43. Leabhar Ollamhan: Book of the Bards including the Auraicept na n-Éces: Poets’ Primer, a treatise on Ogam.
  44. Immacallam in dá Thúarad: Colloquy of the 2 Sages
  45. Catechism, beginning with the maxims of St. Fursa
  46. Táin Bó Cúailnge: Cattle Raid of Cooley
  47. Táin Bó Dartada: Cattle Raid of Dartaid
  48. Táin Bó Regomon-Regamna:
  49. Táin Bó Fráich: Cattle Raid of Heather
  50. Táin Bó Aingen = Echtrae Nerai: Cattle Raid of Aingen = Adventures of Nera
  51. Account of the Patriarchs (Old Testament)
  52. Amra Coluimcille: Songs of Columcille by Dallan Forgaill
  53. Longes Labrada: Exile of Labraid Loingsech
  54. Teanga Bithnua: New Tongue Homily
  55. Eachtrae clerech Choluimcille: Adventures of Holy Dove’s Clerics
  56. Suidiugud Tellaich Temra: Settling of the Manor of Tara
  57. Longes mac n-Uislenn: Exile of the Sons of Uisliu
  58. Orgain Denna Ríge: Destruction of The Fortress of the Kings
  59. Esnada Tige Buchet: Songs of Buchet’s House
  60. Fled Bricrenn ocus Loinges mac nDuíl Dermait: Bricriu’s Feast & the Exile of the sons of Dóel Dermait
  61. Tochmarc Becfhola: Wooing of Becfola
  62. How Enoch and Elijah were taken up into Heaven
  63. Stories about King David of Israel
  64. Aided Con Roí: Death of Cú Roí
  65. Poem (78 ranns) by Flanacan son of Cellach, king of Bregia
  66. Clesa Conculaind: Feats of Cú Chulainn
  67. Assembly of Druim Cet
  68. Aided Néill Nóigíallaig maic Echdach Muigmedoin: Death of Niall of the Nine Hostages
  69. Gein Branduib maic Echach ocus Aedáin maic Gabráin: Birth of Black Raven son of Eochu & of Aedán son of Gabrán
  70. Scéla Cano meic Gartnáin: Story of Cano son of Gartnán
  71. Cath Cairn Chonail: Grain Harvest Battle of Reed Rock
  72. Betha Naomh Colman mac Duach: St. Colman mac Duach & King Guaire
  73. Cummíne Fota mac Fiachnai di Eoganacht Chassil: Story about King Guaire, Mac Dá Cherda & Cuimín Fota.
  74. Why Mongán was Deprived of Noble Issue [Fiachnae mac Báetáin, king of Ulster]
  75. Conversion of Constantine & the Finding of the Cross
  76. On the first satire composed in Ireland by Cairbre for Bres Mac Eladan
  77. Baí rí amra do Grécaib Salemón a aimn: On King Salemon of Greece
  78. On the beheading of the John the Baptist & poem on the 4 Herods by the poet Bran
  79. Tréide Cétna Labratar iarna Genemain: 3 persons in Ireland who spoke directly after birth.
  80. Description of the Banqueting Hall at Tara
  81. Poem on the sons of Cormac Mac Art; short notes on St Patrick
  82. Passion of the Lord
  83. Stair Nicomeid: Gospel of Nicodemus
  84. Homily of the Blessed Virgin
  85. Dialogue of the Soul & Body
  86. Short story about St. Columcille & Aidan son of Gabrán
  87. Life of Gregory of Rome
  88. Tegasc Rig Solmain meic David: Instructions of King Solomon son of David
  89. Homily on Michael the Archangel
  90. Poem (15 ranns) & description of the 17 wonders on the night of Christ’s birth; memorandum by a later Mac Firbis.
  91. Aided Díarmata meic Cerbaill: Death of Diarmait The Healer
  92. Genelach Ciarraighe: Their migration into Connaught
  93. Tochmarc Étaíne: Wooing of The Emerald Goddess
  94. Fotha Catha Cnucha: Cause of the Grain Harvest Battle of Chewing Deer
  95. Abbot Hugh on a legend about Dagda & the Tuatha Dé Danann
  96. Tochmarc Lúaine: Wooing of The Moon
  97. Aided Athairne: Death of Reincarnation
  98. Compert Conchobair: Birth of Conchobor
  99. Geneamuin Chormaic Ua Chuind: Birth of Cormac mac Art
  100. Echtra Cormaic i Tír Tairngire: Cormac’s Journey to the Land of Promise
  101. Aided Chrimthainn meic Fhidaig i Trí Mac Echach Muigmedóin: Death of Fox Divine Son of Small Worm (Mílesian Ethiopian King) & of Eochaid Slavelord’s 3 sons
  102. Echtra mac n-Echach Muigmedóin: Adventures of the Sons of Eochaid Slavelord
  103. Imtechta Moga Ruith: Adventures of Mog Ruith: Wizard of the Wheels
  104. The 4 Jewels of the Tuatha Dé Danann. On the Tuatha Dé Danann & their magical education, with a poem on the same.
  105. Baile Findachta, Ríg Connacht: Prophecy, Revelation of Fínnachta, king of Connaught.
  106. Suidigud Tellaig na Cruachna: Settling of Cruachan Manor, also known as Aided Nath: Death of Nath
  107. Poem ascribed to Torna Éces, on pre-Christian kings of Ireland buried on Croghan; on burial places in Teltown
  108. Compert Mongáin: Birth of Mongán
  109. Aided Fhothaid Airgdig: Death of Fothad Airgdech
  110. Scél Mongáin: Stories of Mongán
  111. Tucait Baile Mongáin: The occasion of Mongán’s frenzy
  112. Echtrae Chonnlai: Adventures of Connla.
  113. Story about the poet Flann mac Lonáin
  114. On the 7 orders of Bards
  115. Aided [Lugdach] Meic Con: Death of [Gleam] Divine Son of Reed
  116. Cath Almaine: Grain Harvest of Allen
  117. Cath Duine Bolc: Grain Harvest of Dun Bolg
  118. Ces Noínden Ulad: Debility of the Ulstermen
  119. Bruiden Átha: Atha’s Hostel (early story of the Finn Cycle)
  120. How Fiachna mac Baedáin Obtained the Kingdom of Scotland
  121. Tucait Fagbála in Fesa do Finn i Marbad Cuil Duib: How Finn obtained knowledge, & the slaying of Cul Dub
  122. Aided enfir Aífe: The Death of Aífe’s only son (=Connla)

Leabhar Breac: Speckled Book a.k.a Leabhar Mór Dúna Doighre: Great Book of Brown Oak

(pron. yower brek) Dublin: Royal Irish Academy MS 23 P 16: 280 pages long. Christian. Scribe: Murchadh Cuindlis 1408 A.D. Dún Doighre: Brown Oak, Clanricarde, County Galway SE of Loughrea. Eamon Ó Ceallaigh got the book in 1732 passing to Dr. John O’Brien in 1768. Cornelius O’Daly of Mitchelstown, County Cork sold it to General Charles Vallancey & Chevalier O’Gorman of the Royal Irish Academy in 1789. Consists almost entirely of religious writings in Latin & Middle Irish. Sanas Cormaic: Cormac’s Glossary, History of Philip of Macedon & Alexander the Great, Betha Phatraic: Life of Saint Patrick, Lives of Saint Columba, Saint Brigid, Saint Cellach, Saint Martin, Félire engusso: Martyrology of Angus, Rule of the Céli Dé, Aislinge Meic Con Glinne: Vision of Mac Conglinne, Saltair na Rann, Stair Nicomeid: Gospel of Nicodemus, Amra Choluim Chille, Marian litany, & ecclesiastical legends, hymns, catecheses & homilies. (13, 18)
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