Irish manuscript included in exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library

January 25th, 2013

An exhibition entitled “Nobility and newcomers in Renaissance Ireland,” which explores the Ireland of Shakespeare’s time, opened on January 19, 2013, at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Included in the exhibition, curated by Thomas Herron and Brendan Kane, is a modest manuscript volume (MS 179) from our holdings, part of the Myles Dillon collection (MS 175-179):

binding of Manuscript 179, Department of Special Collections, University of Wisconsin-Madison

In particular, on display at the Folger in a case entitled “James and the Three Kingdoms,” is a page opening from this manuscript volume, which contains Ossianic verse transcribed y Domhnall ac Mothanna/Domhnal ac Taig (ca. 1603?):

Page opening in  of Manuscript 179, Department of Special Collections, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Our holdings in this area were described in considerable detail by Cornelius G. Buttimer in a Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, published by the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, in 1989.