On Thu, 31 Mar 2005 18:24:43 +0800, Neil McLeod <[log in to unmask]>
>And now we move to the top of the second column of page 1 of our MS for
I thought I'd try this just a little (I've never seriously tried to
read an old manuscript before).
I compared what you wrote to the manuscript to see if I could
recognize the letters.
I looked for help online. There may be other people following along
with you and I thought they might appreciate what I found out.
I remembered Gary Ingle's helpful list of abbreviations from the Book
Here's the link: http://quidnunc.net/~garyi/noda/notae.html
I did a quick search on Google and found a really nice site by Dr.
Dianne Tillotson, where she shows several scripts and gives exercises and
quizzes for learners.
>8. Ma ar n-eólus uaidh féin
(Messe: I don't recognize the initial 'M', but the rest of this part
Neil: fios na n-ôg s(e?)na n-aos
(Messe: I think the first three words are visible, but I don't see the
rest. In place of 's (e?)' I see what looks like two or three letters
stuck together; then I see a word that starts with 'n' and probably ends
with a tail-flourished 's' with another group of stuck-together letters
that I don't recognize in between the two consonants. That must be the
This was a nice break from the huge pile of laundry.