Williams, N. J. A. ‘Dermot OConnors Blazons and Irish Heraldic Terminology’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 5 (1990), pp 61-88.
This essay considers one side of the career of Dermot OConnor, the eighteenth-century translator of Geoffrey Keatings Foras Feasa Ar Éirinn, and an accomplished heraldic artist in Dublin and London. Williams discusses OConnors unusual style of decorating his manuscripts and notes inaccuracies in his use of Irish terms. Williams finds evidence in OConnors heraldic diction that he was not translating from English but a from pre-existing tradition of blazon in Irish. However, for all its imperfections, OConnors heraldic language gives us an insight into aspects of Irish vocabulary hardly attested elsewhere. The article gives a detailed history of the heraldry tradition and Gaelic practice in Ireland, discusses the vocabulary of heraldry and the Gaelic nobilitys adoption of heraldry. Included are more than fifty examples of OConnors blazons dating from 1714 to 1723 (in Irish and English), as well as a glossary of OConnors heraldic terms.