The Poems of Roderick MacLean
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372 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

8 b/w illus.

Series: Scottish History Society 6th Series

Series Vol. Number: 17

Imprint: Scottish History Society

The Poems of Roderick MacLean

(Ruairidh MacEachainn MhicIllEathain - d. 1553)

by Roderick MacLean

Edited by Alan MacQuarrie and Roger P H Green

General editor Kelsey Jackson Williams

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Roderick MacLean / Ruairidh MacEachainn MhicIllEathan (d. 1553) was commendator of the Abbey of Iona, Bishop of the Isles, and member of an extended kindred who had close connections to Iona and its abbey.

Roderick MacLean / Ruairidh MacEachainn MhicIllEathan (d. 1553) was commendator of the Abbey of Iona, Bishop of the Isles, and member of an extended kindred who had close connections to Iona and its abbey. After studying on the continent he held a series of ecclesiastical posts in Scotland and spent multiple sojourns on church business in Rome. During his time there in 1549 he saw through the press his Ionis Liber, or Book of the Song of Iona, a paraphrase in neo-classical Latin verse of selected chapters from Adomnán's Life of Columba.

Only three copies of this rare Pre-Reformation text survive, one in Aberdeen and two in Perugia, so that Macquarrie and Green's edition makes it accessible to a wider readership for the first time. As well as an edition of the Latin text, they provide an English prose translation, editions and translations of other smaller works by MacLean, extensive commentary, appendices of material in the Vatican Archives relevant to MacLean's career, an extensive bibliography and index. This will be essential reading for any students or scholars interested in Neo-Latin, Gaelic culture, and the Scottish Reformation.
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
The Author
Biographical notes
Internal evidence about MacLean's career within the poems
Roderick MacLean's relatives and Iona
James Thorntoun and other persons mentioned in the book
The Poems
MacLean's Psalm Paraphrases
Ionis: Metre
Ionis: Stylistic Considerations
Language and Vocabulary
MacLean's Scholarship as shown by the poems
MacLean's religious views and the intended recipient of the poems
MacLean's text of Vita Columbae
The Sources
Editorial Conventions
The Poems of Roderick MacLean
Ionis
Preliminary Material
Book 1: The Prophetic knowledge of St Columba
Book 2: The Powers and miracles of St Columba
Paraphrasis elegiaca of Psalm 1
Epistola elegiaca to Sir David Lindsay of the Mount
Straena gratulatoria to the Governor the Earl of Arran
Notes and Commentary
Appendix: Material in the Vatican Archives relevant to Roderick MacLean's Career
1. Material in the Registrum Supplicationum
2. Bull of Roderick MacLean's provision to the bishopric of the Isles by Pope Julius III
Bibliography
Index

Alan Macquarrie is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow. He has written extensively on medieval Scotland and in 2012 edited the Legends of Scottish Saints from the Aberdeen Breviary.

Roger Green is Emeritus Professor of Humanity at the University of Glasgow. He has written or edited numerous works on Late Antique and Neo-Latin writing, including editions of the works of George Buchanan and a short title catalogue of Scottish Latin authors in print to 1700

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Title Details

372 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

8 b/w illus.

Series: Scottish History Society 6th Series

Series Vol. Number: 17

Imprint: Scottish History Society