THE EDINBURGH DINNSHENCHAS.
AMONG the little-known Gaelic manuscripts preserved in the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh, M. Henri Gaidoz discovered five leaves of a vellum copy of the Dinnshenchas, written (I should say) at the end of the fifteenth century, and now marked XVI Kilbride. For a loan of these leaves I am indebted to the kindness of the Curators and the Librarian, Mr. J. T. Clark. Like all the other copies of this curious collection of topographical legends, XVI Kilbride is imperfect ; but, so far as it goes, it agrees closely, both in contents and arrangement, with the Oxford Dinnshenchas published in Folk-Lore, vol. iii, pp. 469-515. The articles still remaining in the Edinburgh copy are as follows :
fo. Ia The Introduction, and part of Cuan O'Lochan's poem, Temair, Taillti, tír n-oenaig, etc., both now almost wholly illegible.
- Ib I. End of Cuan O'Lochan's poem — Teamhair — Magh mBreagh.
- Ib 2. Laighin, incomplete. Here a leaf is lost.
- 2a I. Nine quatrains of Eochu Eolach's poem on Loch Garman, of which there is a complete copy in the Book of Leinster, p. 196 — Fidh nGaible.
- 2a 2. Midhe— Ethne.
- 2b I. Brí Léith — Tond Clidhna.
- 2b 2. Slíabh Bladma.
- 3a I. Magh Roigne — Tebtha [leg. Tethba] — Loch n-Ainnind.
- See the Revue Celtique, vi, 113.