The Annals of Boyle
, also Cottonian Annals
, are a chronicle
of medieval Ireland
. The entries span the years up to 1253. It is one of those which join the synopsis of the The Chronicle of Ireland
, although in summary form compared to others.
Robin Flower wrote in Revue Celtique 44 (1927) 344:
- 'The MS is the original chronicle of the Premonstratensian house of the Holy Trinity on the Island named after it in Loch Cé, founded on an earlier chronicle, perhaps that of Boyle. It remained in Holy Trinity till the secularization of that house, being used by the writers of the Annals of Loch Cé, who worked for the MacDermots. It passed into the hands of the Croftons with the other property of the house, and while in their hands was seen by Ussher, who probably gave it the name of Annals of Boyle under which it has passed ever since. From the hands of the Croftons it came into the possession of Oliver St. John, Viscount Grandison of Limerick, who gave it to Sir Robert Cotton before 1630, and with his library it came into the British Museum together with a number of other Irish manuscripts and manuscripts of Irish interest in 1753.'
The Annals used the Irish language
, with some entries in Latin
. Because the Annals copied its sources verbatim, the annals are useful not just for historians, but also for linguists studying the evolution of the Irish language.
- "Lake Islands and a Blind Harpist" from Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Ireland.
- Cottonian Annals