Pilip Ballach Ó Duibhgeannáin

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Pilip Ballach Ó Duibhgeannáin (fl. 1579–1590) was an Irish hereditary historian and member of Clan Ó Duibhgeannáin. The 20th century historian, Paul Walsh, suggested that he was a son of Fer Caogad mac Ferghal Ó Duibhgeannáin, who died at Cloonybried in 1581. Ó Duibhgeannáin was a resident of Cloonybrien, County Roscommon.[1]

Together Brian na Carriag MacDermot and others, he compiled the Annals of Lough Cé, Miscellanea Historica Hibernica, and other manuscripts.

Miscellanea Historica Hibernica[edit]

Miscellanea Historica Hibernica, also known as MS G1, is a manuscript miscellany, a miniature vellum book. The commonplace book was compiled by Ó Duibhgeannáin during the years 1579 to 1584.[2] It is described on the front endpaper as Miscellanea Historica Hibernica in a later hand. The book contains an Irish rendering of an extract from a Latin tract found in Roger Bacon's 13th century version of Secretum Secretorum on physiognomy.[3]


  1. ^ Walsh, Paul (1918). Irish Medieval Learning. pp. 18–19.
  2. ^ Cunningham, Bernadette; Gillespie, Raymond (2003). "A world of wonders: marvels and prodigies in the diocese of Elphin, 1588". Stories from Gaelic Ireland: Microhistories from the sixteenth-century Irish annals. Dublin: Four Courts Press. pp. 134–54. ISBN 1-85182-747-1.
  3. ^ Mac Niocaill, Gearóid (1963). "Rudimenta Physionomiae". Celtica (vi): 271–77.