Great Book of Genealogies.
This was written by Duald MacFirbis while he was at Galway in 1650, and brings the genealogies of the Great Book up to date, while making use of material from other sources now lost, including the Leabhar Bhalb. Duald was a noted scholar with a knowledge of Latin, Greek and English, as well as his native Irish, and was the foremost authority of the age on Brehon Law.
Like his predecessor, he too made marginal comments that illustrate the period well. In one he comments, "It is no doubt a worldly lesson to consider how the Gaels were at one time conquering far and near, and now, not one in a hundred of the Irish nobles at this day, possesses as much of his land as he could be buried in, though they expect it in this year 1664. This is not the time or place of compiling this book, but this extract I have added some time after."
Six years later, 1671, and into his eighties, Duald set out to walk to Dublin. While resting at Drumflin, Skreen, he intervened when an English soldier tried to molest a young girl, and was stabbed to death by the soldier. With his death the Bardic tradition died.
This entry is dedicated in fond memory of, and grateful thanks to MacFirbis of Leacan, by Thomas, The O'Dubhda, Taoiseach of Tireragh, 28th February 2003.