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extracts from xl., liv., lv., lxii., and lxv. There were no Grammars or Dictionaries of the old language at the time, and so Mr Maclachlan was unable at all times correctly to extend the contractions of the older MSS. (xl., xlvi., and liii., e.g.), but the work which the indefatigable scholar did, though now apt to be forgotten, was most valuable and important.
Mr Skene in addition to preparing a general catalogue of the whole collection and making some transcripts, has printed the greater part of the Genealogies on the first folio of MS. i. (Collectanea de rebus Albanicis, Celtic Scotland ü. p. 467), and a considerable portion of MS. 1. (Celtic Scotland iii. p. 398). Dr Maclauchlan and Mr Skene printed the greater part of the contents of MS. xxxvii. (Book of the Dean of Lismore : Edinburgh, 1862), and the former scholar gave in Celtic Gleanings (Edinburgh, 1857) brief notices of two or three other MSS. e.g. iv., viii., xxv., and the Edinburgh University Medical MS. Mr Campbell in Leabhar na Féinne gave nearly all the versions of Ossianic Ballads that he could lay his hands upon from the Dean of Lismore downwards. Within the last twenty years we have diligently cultivated “Ossianic” literature. The late Mr Macpherson revised the “Ossianic” portion of the Dean's Book. Dr Cameron made a fresh transcript of a large part of the published portion of the Dean's MS., and of the Ballads printed in Leabhar na Féinne, with others that escaped Mr Campbell's collaborateurs. The collection of ballads by the late Mr Macdonald of Ferintosh was printed by Dr Cameron in vol. xiii. of the Transactions of the Society, while the collection by Jerome Stone, made about the middle of last century, was sent by me to the Society two years ago, and printed in vol. xiv. of the Transactions.
The first scholar furth of Scotland who took notice of the Scottish collection of Gaelic MSS. was the Very Rev. Dr Graves, Bishop of Limerick, who published a note regarding MS. xlvi. and one or two others in the fourth volume of the proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. Of recent years Mons. Henri Gaidoz wrote a brief but very accurate note regarding the collection in tbe Revue Celtique (Tom. vi., 109-114); Dr Kuno Meyer of Liverpool has read several MSS., and in particular has described MS. xl. in the Celtic Magazine (vol. xii.); while Mr Whitley Stokes has printed the Tale of the Sons of Visneach from MS. liii. and lvi. (Leipzig 1887), and transcribed with a view to publication MS. xv. (the Destruction of Troy), and the Mesca Ulad or Intoxication of the Ultarians from MS. xl.
Still, not merely several important MSS., but large sections of the literature embraced in this collection have hitherto been totally neglected. Beyond what I have been able to do myself, I am not aware that a single one of the medical MSS. has been read through. The same may be said regarding the religious section, and several historical MS. of value, such as MSS. i., V., xxv., xxvi. and others. And still more is the statement true regarding the antiquarian, grammatical, and philological treatises found in such MSS. i., vii., xxxviii., lviii.
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