The Annals of Inisfallen Reproduced in Facsimile from the Original Manuscript (Rawlinson B 503) in The Bodleian Library. With a descriptive introduction by R.I. Best and Eóin MacNeill.
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Dublin: R.I.A. 1933. Folio. pp. viii, 29, , 58 (plates). Quarter linen on blue paper boards. Occasional mild foxing. A near fine copy in frayed glassine wrapper. Very scarce.
These annals were compiled on a small island in the lower Lake of Killarney, opposite Ross Castle, where the remains of an abbey are still to be found. There is not much known of their history until they came into the possession of Sir James Ware (1594-1666). These ‘Annals’, like those ascribed to Tighernach are preceded by the brief chronicle of universal history in which the early Irish kings make their appearance, and the birth, captivity and escape of St. Patrick are recorded. This is followed by the history of Ireland from A.D. 428 and continues down to the year 1326. An English translation of portion of the ‘Annals’ was made for the use of Ware, by that well-known Connaught antiquary Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh, a copy of which is preserved in Trinity College.
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