Marianus Scotus

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Marianus Scotus, whose Irish name was Maelbrigde, an annalist of the 11th century, a contemporary of Tigernach, was born in 1028. He is said to have been the first by whom the name Scotia, theretofore applied to Ireland only, was given to Scotland. He went abroad in 1056, and joined a religious community at Cologne. From 1059 to 1069 he was imprisoned by command of the Bishop of Metz. He died in 1086, aged 57. Harris gives a list of his works, and quotes the opinion that, "without comparison, he was the most learned man of his age, an excellent historian, a famous man at calculations, and a solid divine."

Sources

339. Ware, Sir James, Works: Walter Harris. 2 vols. Dublin, 1764.

196. Irishmen, Lives of Illustrious and Distinguished, Rev. James Wills, D.D. 6 vols. or 12 parts. Dublin, 1840-'7.

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