Annála Ríoghachta Éireann

In the 1630s four professional historians compiled a set of annals of Irish history that emulated the early modern trend of writing national histories.

The 'Four Masters' were Signatures

They were assisted by two scribes

The annals were compiled between 1632 and 1636 at the Franciscan house at Drowse, near Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

They contain a history of Ireland from the biblical Flood to the death of Hugh O'Neill in 1616.

Two sets of the annals were made, one destined for Louvain, the other for their patron in Ireland.

The Age of the World....2242 - 2535
The Age of the World....2245 - 3268
The Age of the World....3269 - 3293
The Age of the World....3294 - 3450
The Age of the World....3451 - 3506
The Age of the World....3510 - 3580