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|Ordnance Survey Letters by John O'Donovan and Eugene Curry, 1839|
1. Ad ** eosque, etc.
2. Reducendos; reduco, to bring or lead back, etc.
3. Orig. profectionis; profectio signifies a voyage, a departing, a going forth, a journey. If it be retained here it must be taken in the sense of progress. If profectio be read; sectator must be rendered forwarder, of which there is not perhaps an example. I think perfectio should be read, especially since sectator means follower, one that imitates.
4. Or light.
5. Pro eis, recte meis. See remark on margin of the Sheet having the original.
6. Might be read, most indulgent mercy.
7. Might be read, as the object of his desire.
8. Quilbuadum Caninus. Thus the Carthusian Martyrol., Ferrarius, Canisius and the Calendar of Cashel below.
9. Patre natus Dima. Thus Selvacius hands down in his little work on the Genealogy of the Saints of Ireland, Chap. 18, and the Sanctilogium genealogicum Chap. 20. St. Caninus, it says, the son of Dima, the son of Fergus, son Ailill, son of Dathias, son of Crimthann, son of Enda Kenselach son of Lauradius, son of Bressal Belach.
10. Fratrem habuit germanum Guarium etc. Thus the Four Masters in the Annals at the year 662, saying:- Guaire Aidhne, the son of Colman, King of Connaught, died. Cumania, the daughter of Dallbronach was the mother of him and St. Camin of Inis-Keltra, of whom (i.e., Cumania) an old author writes: Cumania, the daughter of Dalbronius, the mother of Camin and Guaire and from her seed are said to have proceeded seventy seven surely Saints, as is collected from the Life of St. Forannan given at the 15th February.
11. St. Cumineus cognomento Longus. He was Bishop of Clonfert (Col.b) and died in the year 662 on the 2nd day of December according to the Four Masters, but on the 12th of November, Marian and others places his birthday.
12. Commentarios in Psalmas. Thus Ware Lib. 1 C.3. St. Camin, he says, is supposed to have written on the Psalms. For among the books of the Franciscans of the Convent of Donegal are had his most ancient leaves (schedae) on the 119th Psalm, which tradition says were written with his own hand.
13. Anno 653. Thus Ware at (in) the same place: he died, says he, at Inis-Celtrae alias Iniscalatara in the year of salvation 653. Thus also the Annals of Inisfallen cited by the same.
14. Hac die 25 Martii, etc. At the 24th of March he is mentioned by Marian Gorman; Caminus, he says, of Inis-Keltra: by Maguire in the same words. The Calendar of Cashel, St. Caminus or Canius of Inis-Keltra. Also the Martyrologium Carthusianum, Petrus Canisius and Philipp Ferrarius in their Martyrologies at the same day call him St. Caminus, Confessor. But that his birthday is celebrated on the 25th of March, St. Moelruana and St. AEngus hand down in their Martyrology of Tallaght, written about eight hundred and sixty years since, where they also add that his mother was called Cumania; and the Scholiast of the Festilogy of AEngus in the word above cited and the Martyrology of Donegal. (Vide Muc-Inis infra)
15. These things concerning the Bishops; all faithfully extracted from the Annals of Cluain, of the Island and of Senat, except those which I have related concerning the last or Baithan.
16. In majori Scotia sue Hiberniae ante decimi saeculi exitum natus, C.I. That he was born in Ireland appears as well from what is said earlier, as because Marianus and Wigorniensis (i.e., of Winchester) so testify in the words adduced above; as also because the Island Kealtra, in which he was educated, is situated between Connaught and Munster, two well known provinces in Ireland; and Corcran, his master, lived and died in Ireland, according to what is to be said below.
17. Corcrani viri tum eximiae doctrinae & sanctimoniae laude etc., C.I. Cortram is erroneously read in (the work) published by Wigorniensis where Corcran should have been read, since this name is in use among the Irish. I have a very old and clearly divine little work of this Corcran’s (addressed) to the brethren of the Monastery of Ardoilen in Connaught, on the relicks and virtues of St. Gormgal, Abbot of the same Monastery, who died in the year 1017 according to the cited Annals (Four Masters). And hence, on account of the agreement of (his) time, learning, austerity and sanctity, I do not doubt that he is the person of whom the same Annals speak thus: Anno 1040. Corcran, the distinguished Ecclesiastic, Anchorite and Archmaster of the West of Europe in Religion and Science, died at Lismore. Nor does it matter that he is here called Anchorite, because the Abbots of Ireland everywhere were in the custom of leading a solitary life during a great part of their life not only before but even after having undertaken the office of Abbot, as is know concerning St. Coemgin, Macerecius, Fechin and others everywhere. Also that he is the St. Corcran whose birth-day Marian and the Martyrology of Donegal say is celebrated on the 8th of October, seems to be collected from the circumstance that St. AEngus and the author of the Martyrology of Tallaght, who died before his death, make mention of no Corcran on that day.
18. In Monasterio Insulae Kealtra, C.1. That this island is situated in the place which we define is a matter evident to the eye, as is had in the Life of St. Camin, the founder of that very famous Monastery of whom, at the 24th of March.
19. Caminus de Inis-celtra, C.7. See his Life at the 24th (Qu? 25th) of March