London, British Library, MS Cotton Nero A vii

ff. 132-157
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  • Irish
  • 1571
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum + paper
A copy of Bretha Nemed toísech
early Irish legal texts
Provenance and related aspects
Hands, scribes
Matha Ó LuinínÓ Luinín (Matha) (fl. 16th century) – Irish scribe and scholar of Arda on the Erne (Co. Fermanagh)
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A signature in the lower margin of f. 140b reveals the name of the scribe and the year of writing (Misi Matha O Luinín is cóir in fheoil do chennach a sgol anno domini 1571)
Codicological information
vellum + paper
Foliation / Pagination
26 ff.
The list below has been collated from the table of contents, if available on this page,Progress in this area is being made piecemeal. Full and partial tables of contents are available for a small number of manuscripts. and incoming annotations for individual texts (again, if available).Whenever catalogue entries about texts are annotated with information about particular manuscript witnesses, these manuscripts can be queried for the texts that are linked to them.


See also the parent manuscript for further references.

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.

[dipl. ed.] 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
2211–2232 Diplomatic edition

Secondary sources (select)

O'Grady, Standish Hayes, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the [British Library, formerly the] British Museum, vol. 1, London: British Museum, 1926.
Breatnach, Liam, A companion to the Corpus iuris Hibernici, Early Irish Law Series 5, Dublin: DIAS, 2005.  
comments: A companion to Binchy (D. A.) 1978a. Review article: McLeod, N., “A true companion to the Corpus iuris Hibernici”, Peritia 19 (2005).
8; 89; 189 (5.16.2)
Kelly, Fergus, A guide to early Irish law, Early Irish Law Series 3, Dublin: DIAS, 1988.
Dennis Groenewegen
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