Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 N 10

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Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 N 10, formerly Betham 145, is a GaelicIrish medieval manuscript.


MS 23 N 10 is a late sixteenth-century Irish manuscript currently housed in the Library of the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. It was formerly in the possession of Sir William Betham (1779–1853).

The manuscript is highly valuable for its compilation of medieval Irish literature, copied in 1575 at Ballycumin, County Roscommon. The responsible scribes were Aodh, Dubhthach, and Torna, three scholars of the Ó Maolconaire (anglicised: O'Mulconry), a learned family also known for compiling Egerton 1782 (British Library) in 1517.[1]

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  1. ^ R. I. Best, MS. 23 N 10, pp. vi-viii; The Oxford companion to Irish literature. 445-6

Further reading[edit]

  • Best, R.I. (1954). MS. 23 N 10 (formerly Betham 145) in the library of the Royal Irish Academy. Irish Manuscripts Commission. Facsimiles in collotype of Irish manuscripts 6. Dublin: Stationery Office. Facsimile edition, with descriptive introduction
  • Mulchrone, Kathleen; O'Rahilly, T.F.; et al., eds. (1926–70). Catalogue of Irish Manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy. Dublin. pp. 2769–80 (MS 967).
  • Brian Lalor, ed. (2003). The Encyclopaedia of Ireland. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan. ISBN 0-7171-3000-2. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • Mac Dermot, Dermot (1996). Mac Dermot of Moylurg: The Story of a Connacht Family.
  • Moody, T.W.; F.X. Martin; Francis John Byrne, eds. (1982). A New History of Ireland VIII: A Chronology of Irish History to 1976 - A Companion to Irish History Part I. ISBN 0-19-821744-7.

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