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Edward Murphy Irish Manuscripts Collection
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Edward Murphy Irish Manuscripts Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 88
  • Collection
  • between approximately 1650 and 1812

The collection consists of four early Irish manuscripts assembled by the Montreal collector Edward Murphy as part of his private library. The manuscripts include a copy of The Midnight Court (Cúirt an mheán oíche) by Brian Merriman, the Life of St. Patrick by John Chambers, Tri Biorghaoithe an Bhais (Three shafts of death) by Geoffrey Keating, and a fragment of an Irish vocabulary (Nuadhfoclóir bogcruaideach).

Nuadhfoclóir bogcruaideach

Consists of a fragment from a copy of an Irish disctionary or lexicon (foclóir). Begins with the entry "Ab" ands with the entry for "Coibic." Manuscript copied in 1706. Cover wanting. Contains a manuscript title-page with inscriptions of former owners. Text in two columns.

Tri biorghaoithe an bháis

Manuscript of Geoffrey Keating's devotional work Tri biorghaoithe an bháis (Three shafts of death) in Irish, copied around 1650. Wanting pages 1-15. The manuscript is written on laid paper with watermarks (see for example pages 138-139). The leaves are bound in two pieces of leather with leather thongs, no spine.

Keating, Geoffrey, 1570?-1644?