fer léiginn

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[Ir., man of reading].

Twelfth-century Irish term that began to replace the earlier Latin scriba; an idiomatic English translation is ‘master of studies’. In 1162 no one could be a fer léiginn in an Irish monastic church unless he were a graduate of Armagh. Also used in Gaelic Scotland, e.g. the Book of Deer.

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