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Cite this: eDIL s.v. léigenn or dil.ie/29778
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Forms: legend

n o, n. (Lat. legendum) vn. of légaid. n s. a legend , Ml. 84d4 . Originally used only of Latin ecclesiastical learning (as opp. to senchas, fénechas, etc.).

(a) act of studying, reading : ni do legund and docoadsa `it was not to study there that I had come', Wb. 18d6 . ni legend ro llegusa la Petor, 19a6 . ro bá óc legund, Sg. 148a15 . ar legend leo, 8 . is huise a legend gl. legendus, 59b6 . (accentum . . . acutum) . . . legendo (in grauem conuertitur) .i. o légund .i. hi filedacht in reading, 213a10 . a tanic do néblégund a tír do legund `to read whatever sacred reading had come into the country', Mon. Tall. 136.21 (§ 25) . mac becc oc léigiunn a tṡalm la Mael ruain, Fél. 12.12 . fri toeb legind mic Coin [Ulad] in addition to the instructing of Cú Ulad's son, Misc. Arch. Soc. 146.6 .

Attrib. g s. áes léiginn clerical students ; learned monks, teachers ( Church Org. in Ir. 344 ): ind áisso gráid et legind `the clergy and students', Wb. 29a13 . in t-oes graid don ernaigthi / . . . / oes legind do forcetul, LB 261b49 = YBL 408b42 . a llán di lebraib .i. dia tudecht do áes légind to instruct students in them, LU 9638 ( ZCP iii 210.20 ). both léiginn cell, study : ainm do boith légind, LU 1146 ( ACC 122 ). fer léiginn professor of sacred scripture and theology in a monastic school, often a bishop, abbot or `airchinnech' (see below). Colgan, Trias Thaumaturga, translates as Scholasticus, seu Lector Ardmachanus, Trias Thaum. p. 298 = fer leiginn Aird Macha, AU i 524.z (A.D. 1012). Archischolasticus, seu supremus Moderator scholae Ardmachanae, ibid. = ardfer leiginn Aird Macha, AU i 596.17 (A.D. 1056). Taicthech . . . fer leginn Aird Macha quieuit , Ann. Inisf. 808 (cf. dormitatio Toictich, abbatis Ard Machae, AU 809 ). sai litri .i. in ti ac ata saidecht na litri .i. in fear leginn, Laws v 102.8 Comm . dorat . . . rí Erenn deich mbú cecha bliadhna . . . do fer leiginn Ard Macha . . . ar leighinn do dhenamh do macaibh leighinn Erenn, AU ii 160.x , z 0 . ro-fer leighinn do bhí na espuc a Ráth bhoth, ALC ii 224.2 . ro chinnset clérigh Ereann na badh fer leighinn i ccill i nErinn an fer na badh dalta Arda Macha cédus, AFM ii 1146.13 (which Colgan translates sacrae Paginae seu Theologiae Professor, Trias Thaum. p. 309 ). feras léiginn see feras. mac léiginn clerical student : canas tic mac leghind / ticim o Chluain chelbind / iar leghadh mo leghind, IT iii 93 § 142 . a macca lēginn lēgaid, O'Mulc. 688 . mac légind . . . .i. Ninnid scolaige, Three Hom. 76.13 .

(b) reading aloud : éisdecht re l.¤ láinbinn, SG 158.22 . gid cantar na sailm . . . / gé atá léighenn uas in linn, 105.5 . ag radh leghinn isin leabar so, Ériu xi 198.37 .

(c) learning, doctrine : la hógi alt légend `perfection of high studies', Fél. Sept. 26 . mac Mail da lua in leginn léir, 114.18 (= Bruchst. i 58 § 130 ). lēgenn Pātraic, ACL iii 303 § 13. légend Hérenn Ross Ailithre Ireland's centre of learning, Triads 17 . ro alt . . . ind ingen . . . fri légend ┐ gáis ┐ eladain, LL 279a48 ( SG 413.28 ). ar a mhed do ḟilideacht ┐ do bhriathraibh ┐ do legeand rothaisigh, Auraic. 78 . Eo Mugna . . . / dariac[h]t anall ra leas leigind / crand adceas a n-Eirind uill for the benefit of learning(?), Ériu x 82 § 55. léigheann cruaidh, DDána 59.23 . legend na hecluissi, BCC 254.25 (§ 250) . do ghlac an eagluis san ccomhairle Thrionta . . . le leighean S. Auguisdin, Luc. Fid. 3495 . ar órnáid an léighinn ┐ na liteardhachta, Párl. na mB. 139 . See noíbléigenn s.v. noíb.

(d) In Laws (mostly Comm.) written law (as oppd. to that preserved orally): besid n-ecnuigiu .i. i leabruib .i. a leginn, Laws ii 280.14 Comm . deir in leiginn: criminosus criminosum accusare non potest (sic leg.), O'Curry 674 - 5 ( H 3.18, p. 329 ). Cf. O'D. 713 ( H 3.17, col. 521 ) and adeir in lex `qui in possessione (sic leg.) etc.', O'D. 624 ( H 3.17, col. 463 - 4 ). ni fuil in legend cen saire (i.e. all learned in the law are entitled to some degree of nobility), Laws v 102.7 Comm . Differentiated from fénechas: breitheam tri mberla (.i. fenechus ┐ filidecht ┐ legend), 100.18 Comm . breitem teora mbret .i. bret feni ┐ breth filed ┐ breath berla bain bias . . . breitheamh bus eolach isna teora brethaib .i. i fenechus ┐ i filidecht ┐ i legend. . . . Berla bain .i. bus eolach a legind du neoch taidleas feneachus de `who is learned in the written law as far as the feinechus is concerned therewith', 92.16 - 21 Comm . Equated with fénechas: tri cuir . . . nach airmead liubair na Feine .i. im (? in) leigind .i. liubair in feinechais, 438.5 Comm .

(e) text, a reading : ind legind gl. lectionis, Ml. 35a11 . is ed adfet a legend gl. secundum lectionis fidem, 84d4 . i n-immfognam ┐ i ssreith legind `in construction and in order of reading (in a connected text?)', Sg. 30a12 (gl. in lectione). is ed lēgthair 'sind lēgund, ZCP iii 23.32 . legeand, gramadach, is gluas, Auraic. 54 . leighend rochruaidh (of a Latin hymn), BCC 206.33 .

(f) instruction, education, study : ni recar less legind and there is no need for instruction there, Wb. 12c3 . ingen óc alaind co ndagcheneul ┐ co ndaglégund, LL 279b24 ( SG 414.17 ). o tainic aimser leiginn dó when the time came for him to be taught, Lism. L. 812 . légend la sobeóil senōir being instructed by an eloquent elder, Ériu ii 65 § 11 . adubairt go mbiadh fri leighenn iarsin, Irish Texts iii 14.13 . léighionn caguidh is cunntois `training in warfare and computation', Studies 1919, 439 § 4 .

(g) an Léigheann Órdha = Legenda Aurea, DDána 59.30 .

(h) In phrases. do-gní léigenn do teaches, instructs : denad in eacluis leginn do let the church instruct him, Laws iii 40.12 Comm . do-rinneadh lēighean dō iar sin `he was educated', Celtica iv 69.158 . ar leighinn do dhénam do macaibh leighind Ereann, AFM ii 1170.z . tíachtain léiginn see tíacht; note also: conabu indligthech na graidh eagna cin co haithighdís egluis, uair atá [tiachtain] léighinn acu(d) ina aighidh because they can plead that they are engaged in teaching(?), O'D. 331 ( H 3.17, col. 256 ) (cf. Laws v 124.22 Comm .).

Compd. ¤ḟer: bean Ḟéilimidh ní ḟeich í / dí gu breith léighindḟir lé, IGT Decl. ex. 1840.