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RIA MS 23 P 12, 275 foll. 1390 or 1391 in or book of ballymote pdf the town of Ballymote, now in County Sligo,...

RIA MS 23 P 12, 275 foll. 1390 or 1391 in or book of ballymote pdf the town of Ballymote, now in County Sligo, but then in the tuath of Corann.


Other scribes of the book were Solomon O’Droma, a member of a famous Co. The first page of the work contains a drawing of Noah’s Ark as conceived by the scribe.

The first written page is missing and the second opens with a description of the ages of the world. It also contains treatises on metre and the profession of a poet, and on the Ogham writing and language.

The book ends with several translations from the Greek: the destruction of Troy and the wanderings of Ulysses, followed by a resume of Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’, beginning with Nestor’s speech to the Greeks. The Book of Ballymote, like many of its kind, has made history by its wanderings.

About the beginning of the 16th century, it fell into the possession of the O’Donnells with whom it remained until the Flight of the Earls in 1603. From 1620 until 1767 it was in the library of Trinity College, Dublin. It disappeared from the library and was later found in Burgundy, France.

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