Copenhagen, Det Kongelige Bibliotek, MS NKS 261b

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  • Irish
  • s. xvi
  • Irish manuscripts
Manuscript fragment (6 folios) which originally formed part of what is now BL, Egerton 88.
Collection: Den nye kongelige samling
early Irish legal texts
Contains legal materials (Cáin Aicillne)
Provenance and related aspects
s. xvi
16th century
Hands, scribes


Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

Binchy, D. A. [ed.], Corpus iuris Hibernici, 7 vols, vol. 6, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978.  
comments: numbered pp. 1926–2343; diplomatic edition of legal material from:
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1336 (continued)
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1387
  • Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 502
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1308
  • London, British Library, MS Additional 4783
  • London, British Library, MS Nero A 7
  • Copenhagen, Det Kongelige Bibliotek, MS NKS 261b
  • Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 3
  • Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 11
  • Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS C i 2
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1318/16
  • Dublin, Trinity College, MS E 3. 3
2233–2254 Diplomatic edition of legal material.
Det Kongelige Bibliotek website, Online: Det Kongelige Bibliotek. URL: <>.
Digital images direct link
Stokes, Whitley, “On the Copenhagen fragments of the Brehon laws”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 4 (1903): 221–233.
Internet Archive: <link>
Legal material.

Secondary sources (select)

O'Sullivan, William, “The Book of Domhnall Ó Duibhdábhoireann: provenance and codicology”, Celtica 23 (1999): 276–299.
Smith, Roland M., “On the unidentified passages in the Copenhagen fragment”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 19 (1933): 111–116.
Dennis Groenewegen