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John Clyn

(c. 1316—1349) Franciscan friar and annalist


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Franciscan friar and chronicler. Clyn was guardian of the friary at Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, in 1336, but by his own account wrote his Latin chronicle in the Kilkenny friary. This begins with the birth of Christ, is sketchy and derivative until around 1264, but thereafter becomes a full and largely original account. It ends with the plague outbreak of 1348–9 (see black death). Clyn's concluding statement that he has left parchment ‘for the continuation of the work … if any of the sons of Adam manages to avoid this pestilence’ suggests that he may himself have succumbed to the plague. Perhaps because he was writing at the centre of the Butler lordship, he is more informative about events in Gaelic Ireland than other contemporary chroniclers.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.


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