Henry Morris Manuscripts

Henry Morris

Henry Morris

UCD Library Special Collections holds the manuscripts collected by Henry Morris.

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Identity Statement

Reference code IE/ UCD/SC/Morris Ms

Henry Morris Manuscripts.


Level of Description

24 items.


Henry Morris (1874-1945).

Biographical History

  • Henry Morris or Enri O’Muirgheasa was born in Co. Monaghan.
  • He was a teacher and subsequently a school inspector for the Department of Education. 
  • He was involved in the the revival of Irish language and antiquarian studies.
  • He is best known for recordings of oral tradition and folklore in Irish in the North Louth and South Armagh area during the 1940s.
  • He was also a collector of 18th and 19th century Irish manuscripts.
  • He was awarded an honorary MA from Queen’s University Belfast in 1936.

Source of Acquisition
Deposited in UCD in 1950.

Scope and Content

  • Manuscripts containing catechisms, religious tracts, prose, songs and poems, Ossianic material from northern poets written by various scribes from the north-eastern part of Ireland and collected by Morris.
  • Manuscript 7 contains prose tales written in 1732 by scribe Padraig O’Pronntuigh Mhic Neill.
  • Manuscript 12 is a copy of Keating’s Foras Feasa ar Eireann by the scribe Aodh O’ Neill of Newry.

Access and Use

The materials in this collection are available by appointment only to research students, reaching staff and scholars. Research students should have a letter of recommendation from their supervisor.

Photocopying or digital photographing of this material is not permitted.


Finding Aid
The material is listed online in Sources: A National Library of Ireland database for Irish research. This search tool is the online version of "Hayes, Richard J. (1965) Manuscript Sources for the History of Irish Civilisation, Boston: Hall", also available in James Joyce Library, Level 2, Ref GR 016/091.

Morris described 17 of these manuscripts in Morris manuscripts‌, an article in Irishleabhar na Gaedhilge in 1905.

More Information

Find information on Henry Morris in the Dictionary of Irish Biography (UCD only).