The Life of Hugh Roe O’Donnell (1895)
Book ID: 64053
The Life of Hugh Roe O’Donnell. Beatha Aodha Ruaidh Ui Domhnaill. Prince of Tirconnell, (1586-1602). Now First Published From Cucogry O’Clery’s Irish Manuscript in the R.I. A., with Historical, Introduction, Translation, Notes, and Illustrations by Rev. Denis Murphy. Dublin: Fallon, 1895. Pp, clviii, 338. Publisher’s maroon buckram, decorated in blind; gilt title to spine. Light shelf-wear & fading to margins of covers, otherwise a very good copy.
Introduction in English; text in Irish, parallel translation in English on the rectos. Illustrated with nine black & white plates.
Hugh Roe O’Donnell was an important ally of Hugh O’Neill in the rebellions against Elizabeth I in the 1590s. He had actually been imprisoned in anticipation of his causing problems for the English authorities but was helped to escape by Hugh O’Neill. Upon his return to Ulster, he gained the leadership of the O’Donnell Clan becoming Lord of Tyrconnell (Co Donegal) after his father abdicated in his favour. The war against the Elizabethan English government of Ireland was fought in all parts of the country, but primarily in the northern province of Ulster. It ended in defeat for the Irish chieftains, which led ultimately to their exile in the Flight of the Earls and to the Plantation of Ulster.