Annals of Ulster. IE TCD MS 1282 Public Deposited

Annals of Ulster. IE TCD MS 1282

Alternative title
  • Annála Uladh
  • Annales Ultonienses
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 1282
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Publisher location
  • Ireland
Date Created
  • between approximately 1470-1504
Physical extent
  • 120 folios
  • IE TCD MS 1282, the Annals of Ulster, is a vellum manuscript of 120 folios, dating from the late 15th/early 16th centuries. It is a substantial chronicle of medieval Ireland, extending from AD81 to 1504 - although there are a few gaps in this as a result of loss of folios. The Annals were compiled under the patronage of Cathal Mac Maghnusa (1439-98) at Seanaidh Mac Maghnusa, now Belle Isle in Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh. The principal scribe of the manuscript is identified as Ruaidhrí Ó Luinín (died 1528) who has written as far as the year 1489. Ruaidhrí Ó Caiside, Archdeacon of Clogher (died 1541), is identified as the person responsible for the marginal and interlinear additions and also for completing the text for the years 1489-1504. The manuscript folios were numbered 1-143 sometime before 1630 by Sir James Ware, but 22 of these folios have since been lost. The surviving 120 remaining folios were re-foliated in 1993, but the older foliation remains visible, and runs from 12-143. It is evident from current scholarship that IE TCD MS 1282 served as the exemplar for Rawl. B. 489, now housed in the Bodleian. The Annals of Ulster were also used as a source by Mícheál Ó Cléirigh in the 17th century in his compilation of the Annals of the Four Masters. Please see the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library’s catalogue entry for the MS here:
  • Former shelfmark: H.1.8
  • Byrne, Francis John. "Chiasmus and hyperbaton in the Annals of Ulster." In Ogma: essays in Celtic studies in honour of Próinséas Ní Chatháin, ed. Michael Richter and Jean-Michel Picard. Dublin, 2002. 54-64. Dumville, David N. "Latin and Irish in the Annals of Ulster, AD 431-1050." In Ireland in early medieval Europe: studies in memory of Kathleen Hughes, ed. Dorothy Whitelock, Rosamond McKitterick and David N. Dumville. Cambridge, 1982. 320-41. Dumville, David N. "On editing and translating medieval Irish chronicles: The Annals of Ulster." Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 10 (1985): 67-86. Evans, N. (2010) 'The Present and the Past in Medieval Irish Chronicles', Woodbridge & Rochester, Boydell & Brewer. Flechner, Roy (2013). "The Chronicle of Ireland: Then and Now". Early Medieval Europe. 21 (4): 422-54. doi:10.1111/emed.12025. Gwynn, Aubrey. "Cathal mac Maghnusa and the Annals of Ulster." Clogher Rec 2 (1958-59): 230-43, 370-84. Revised version in Aubrey Gwynn, Cathal Óg mac Maghnusa and the Annals of Ulster, ed. Nollaig Ó Muraíle. Enniskillen, 1998. Hughes, Kathleen. Early Christian Ireland. Introduction to the sources. London and Ithaca NY, 1972. 99-159. Hull, Vernam. "The Middle Irish preterite passive plural in the Annals of Ulster." Language 28 (1952): 107-8. Jaski, Bart. "Additional notes to the Annals of Ulster." Ériu 48 (1997): 103-52. MacDonald, A.D.S. "Notes on monastic archaeology and the Annals of Ulster, 650-1050." In Irish antiquity: essays and studies presented to Professor M. J. O'Kelly, ed. Donnchadh Ó Corráin. Cork, 1981. 304-19. MacDonald, A.D.S. "Notes on terminology in the Annals of Ulster, 650-1050." Peritia 1 (1982): 329-33. Mac Niocaill, Gearóid. "Annála Uladh agus Annála Locha Cé, 1014-1220." Galvia 6 (1959): 18-25. Mac Niocaill, Gearóid. The medieval Irish annals. Dublin, 1975. Mc Carthy, Daniel P. "The original compilation of the Annals of Ulster." Studia Celtica 38 (2004): 77-84. Mc Carthy, Daniel P. "The chronological apparatus of the Annals of Ulster AD 82-1029." Peritia 16 (2002): 256-83. Mc Carthy, Daniel P. "The chronological apparatus of the Annals of Ulster AD 431-1131." Peritia 8 (1994): 46-79. Mc Carthy, Daniel P. "The chronology of the Irish annals." Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy C 98 (1998): 203-55. Mc Carthy, Daniel P. Irish chronicles and their chronology. Meckler, Michael. "The Annals of Ulster and the date of the meeting of Druim Cett." Peritia 11 (1997): 44-52. Ó Máille, Tomás. The language of the Annals of Ulster. Manchester, 1910. PDF available from the Internet Archive. Ó Muraíle, Nollaig. Aubrey Gwynn, Cathal Óg mac Maghnusa and the Annals of Ulster. Enniskillen, 1998. Ó Muraíle, Nollaig. "Cathal Mac Maghnusa: his time, life and legacy." Clogher Rec 16.2 (1998): 45-64. Smyth, Alfred P. "The Húi Néill and the Leinstermen in the Annals of Ulster, 431-516 A.D." Études Celtiques 14 (1974): 121-43.
Finding aid
  • Bought at auction by the Trinity historian Thomas Leland in 1766 and it has been in the Library of Trinity College ever since. It was also previously in the hands of Archbishop James Ussher, and John Conry, Dublin.
Resource type
  • ink
  • vellum (parchment)
  • Irish
Digital Object Id
  • MS1282_001
  • 0002645


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