Clondalkin Breviary. IE TCD MS 78

Clondalkin Breviary. IE TCD MS 78

Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 78 ; former shelf marks Lyon: B.1.3; Bernard: 581; Foley: E.5; c1670: E.1.8; Ussher: DDD.7
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.
Date Created
  • between approximately 1450-1499
Physical extent
  • 458mm x 308mm (maximum)
  • 177 folios
  • IE TCD MS 78, the Clondalkin Breviary, is an antiphonal, with music, Irish use of Sarum. This choir book was originally produced for use in Kilkenny Cathedral but it rested with local Clondalkin, Co. Dublin families in the 1500s. More than one hand present. Dating note: Ann Buckley, 'Music in Ireland to c.1500’, in A New History of Ireland, volume 1, ed. D. Ó Cróinín, (Oxford, 2005), 809, dates this antiphonal as 'probably between 1488 and 1500'. Inscriptions not dated below are 16/17th century: 38 has 'william gibons' (deleted writing follows) 'amen'. 38v has letters of the alphabet. 41v has (a) 'To my loving frend John bath that I did give hime a god bok,' (b) 'William gibbons,' (c) 'Williame gibbons,' (d) 'John Byne.' 69 has 'John/bath/John.' 75v has 'by me william gibbons' 78 has (a) 'John day,' (b) 'Nicolas doudall.' 79 has (a) 'Ihesus 1558,' (b) 'Williamus.' 79v has (a) 'Be it knowen to all men be thes present that I Williame gibbons of clandalkan in the county,' (b) 'By me william/gibons,' (c) 'John bath.' 80 has 'William.' 80v has 'Itim (!) paied to John Gibbons of clandalcanne in the / conty of Dublin.' 92 has 'By me williame gibbons / John bath.' 95 has '(John bath is in my (sonn ?) for the sam day for canc.).' 96v-97 have 'marcus Browe' (the name repeated). 98v has 'John / Brone.' 107 has (a) 'By me william gibbons' (the name repeated) and (b) 'william gibbons / bok. god mak him.' 108v has (a) 'Fines per me Willam Gibbons,' (b) 'Conor ballo depatytt (!) Clondalkan the xxix of march & again the vii of apryell/Apryell 1569,' (c) 'Be it knowen to all mene be thes presents that I william / gibbons in the conty of dublin doth ack / Be it know (!) to all mene be this presents that I Patricke Brone / of ballgedy in the county Dul' ('l' or unfinished 'b'). 112 has 'John bath that wrote/that I did give the / same day of may/in the year of (may canc.).' 115 has 'Marcus/Browe' (the name repeated). 115v has 'Receaved at the hande of chrostopher (!) / fitzwilliames of Dublin in the conty of Dublin marchaunte' 116 has 'Johne (B?)athe.' 116v has (a) 'This same indentur made the first daye of May one thousant six hondored betwen Georg venabl (es) of clandalcan yeoman of the one partye and / Edmond denie of the other party hath lesed and lete vnto the said edmond one house and a bacerid wth halfe one aker of land at balmertgen/By me Willim Gibbons that wrot this sam in the christmas holy dayes vpon (sant canc.) saint thomas daye the /Apostles.' 116v also has (b) 'John bath / in remembrance the first daye of may 1600 / John bath. 117v has Johone/Browne.' 121 has 'This indenture made the xxiith daie of July in the raiyne of our Soueraigne Lord King James.' 124 has (a) 'Thomas/venables,' (b) 'I haue receuaed a letter the nin/and twenti of/Nouber from Thoma//Browne of Clondalkane in the /conti of.' 128 has 'John baht.' 129v has 'Johne Horner/ in my defence god me defend and bring my soule to one good end' (this line repeated)'/My Ring is Round and hath no end / so is my loue vnto my freend. / Wryten the xxxth.' 130 has (a) 'By me John,' (b) 'To my loving frend James bathe' 152v has 'John / Brown.' John Bath’s name on 92 was apparently written by William Gibbons. The Clondalkin associations suggest that the antiphonal was originally used there. See the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library's full description for the manuscript at
  • The binding was executed for the College in 1741-1744 by the shop of John Exshaw of Dublin in speckled calf.
  • For IE TCD MS 78 see W.H. Frere et al., 'Bibliotheca Musico-Liturgica', Plainsong and Medieval Music Society, 1901-1932, 2 volumes, number 717; 'Analecta Hymnica Medii Aeui', edd. G.M. Dreves et al., (Leipzig, 1886-1922), repr. (New York and London, 1961), 55 volumes, 11:94-96,13:85, 25:187; U. Chevalier, 'Repertorium Hymnologicum', (Louvain and Paris, 1892-1921), 6 volumes, number 21882; W. O’Sullivan in 'Hermathena' number 88 (1956) 53; W. Hawkes in 'Reportorium Nouum' 2 (1958) 46-49; N.R. Ker, 'Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries' 2, (Oxford, 1977), 328.For a full study of music in TCD MS 70-TCD MS 80 see Patrick Vincent Brannon, 'A contextualised study of the four notated Sarum divine office manuscripts from Anglo-Norman Ireland' (Ann Arbor: University Microfilms Internation Dissertation Information Service, 1991), number 9103125 (Washington University St Louis Missouri PhD thesis, May 1990).See also R. Sharpe, 'Medieval Irish Saints’ Lives: An Introduction to Vitae Sanctorum Hiberniae', (Oxford, 1991), 382; W. O’Sullivan, ‘Binding Memories of Trinity Library’, in Decantations: A Tribute to Maurice Craig, ed. A. Bernelle, (Dublin, 1992), 171; P.V. Brannon, ‘Medieval Ireland: Music in Cathedral, Church and Cloister’, in Early Music 28 (2000), 195-196, 200; A. Buckley, ‘Music and Musicians in Medieval Irish Society’, in Early Music 28 (2000), 187; P.V. Brannon, ‘Medieval Ireland: Music in Cathedral, Church and Cloister’, in Early Music 28 (2000), 195-196, 200; A. Buckley, ‘Music in Ireland to c.1500’, in A New History of Ireland, volume 1, ed. D. Ó Cróinín, (Oxford, 2005), 790, 809, 812, pl. 122.
Finding aid
Resource type
  • ink
  • colored ink
  • calf (leather)
  • parchment (animal material)
  • Irish
Digital Object Id
  • MS78_001
  • 0141928


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