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A literal English translation of some Ossianic poems

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MS. Irish c. 2
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A literal English translation of some Ossianic poems, with notes by sir William Betham (d. 1853), who has added in some cases a verse translation in pencil. The longer pieces are:

  1. 'Lay of Cab an Dasain' (fol. 9)
  2. 'Dialogue of Oisin and Patrick', first part (fol. 19)
  3. 'Adventures of the Big Fool' (fol. 63)
  4. 'Lay of the Moighre borb' (fol. 73)
  5. 'Lay of the twenty-four chiefs, vol. 91, p. 65' (fol. 81)
  6. 'Chase of the wild boar of Glen an Sgail', 'vol. 24, p. 242' (fol. 85)
  7. 'Lay of the Chase' (fol. 101)
  8. 'Lay of Draoigeantoir' (fol. 119)
  9. 'Lay of the ... chase of Glena-smoil' (fol. 157)
  10. 'Lay of Fionn's Courtship in the territories of Loughlin' (fol. 207)
  11. 'Lay of the Derg' (fol. 239)
  12. 'Lay of Pity ...' (fol. 260)
  13. 'Lay of the cattle prey ...' from Tara (fol. 274)
  14. 'Elegy on Osgar son of Oisin' (fol. 290)
  15. 'Battle of Gabhra', first part, 'vol. xviii, p. 216' (fol. 306)
  16. 'Oisin's mournful lamentation over the Fenians', 'vol. 24, p. 314' (fol. 332)


  • Creation: Written in about 1840


391 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Irish c. 2, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Irish c. 2

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 19244


A literal English translation of some Ossianic poems

Biographical / Historical

Sir William Betham (1779-1853) was a herald.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. VI, no. 31816

Custodial History

With the armorial bookplate of sir W. Betham. Once MS. Phillipps 13259, having been purchased for that library at the Betham sale in 1854 (lot 143). In the Phillipps sale, Mar. 22, 1895, this was lot 504.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by the Bodleian from Bertram Dobell (catal. 44, no. 18) on April 24, 1895.

Physical Facet

On paper


13 3/8 × 8 3/4 in.

A literal English translation of some Ossianic poems
EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
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Repository Details

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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom