Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 512

section III, (a) ff. 75B-100, (b) ff. 37-44
  • s. xv
  • Irish manuscripts
  • miscellany
  • vellum
Part III (ff. 75B-100 + ff. 37-44) of Rawlinson B 512, written by an anonymous scribe
Provenance and related aspects
s. xv
15th century?
Origin, provenance
Hands, scribes
Ó Maoil Chonaire familyÓ Maoil Chonaire family – important learned family of poets, historians and scribes based in Connacht
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The scribe is anonymous. R. I. Best (1928) suggests that the scribe may have belonged to the Ó Maoil Chonaire family.
Codicological information
Palaeographical information

(b) ff. 37-44

f. 37r–f. 39r
[Apgitir chrábaid] » "The alphabet of piety"
f. 39r
» Teist Choemáin Chlúana maic Treoin for scoil oc Sinchill Chille Ached (“Coeman of Cluain mace Treoin's testimony as to the young school of Sinchell of Cell Ached”).
f. 39r–f. 40v
» Irish treatise on eight deadly sins and eight chief virtues
f. 40v–f. 41r
[Regula Coluim Cille] » “Rule of St. Columba”
f. 41r
» Three-line paragraph, beginning Cosc mo Colmaócc maic uBéonna dond óclaicg.
f. 41r
» Irish Legend of St. Gregory the Great
f. 41v–f. 42r
» Invocation of Christ, prayers to Mary, John the Child and John the Baptist
f. 42r–f. 42v
» Mugrón comarba Coluim cille (“Mugrón, a successor of St. Columba”)
f. 42v–f. 44r
[Na arrada] » Na arrada (“The remissions”), including the Old Irish table of penitential commutations below.
f. 44r–f. 44v
» Irish Vision of Laisrén of Cluain (Connacht)
f. 44v
» Note on churches of Munster

(a) ff. 75B-100

f. 76r–f. 97v
[Lebor gabála Érenn] » “Book of the takings of Ireland”, including Flathiusa hErend. Cf. f. 100v, where Lebor gabála Glind Dá Locha is acknowledged as the source for this copy.
» Flathiusa hErend
f. 97v
» Note on Ireland's resemblance to Paradise, beginning Inis hErenn, tra, ro-suidigad isin fuined.
f. 97valine 24
» Incipit: ‘ISi an cet breth rucad ind Erind’ » Triad on the first three judgments in Ireland
f. 97vbline 1–f. 98vb
[Scél Tuáin meic Cairill do Finnen Maige Bile] » “The story of Tuan mac Cairill by Finnian of Mag Bile”
f. 98vbline 1–f. 98vbline 20
[Tuán mac Cairill ro clos] » Incipit: ‘Tuan mac Cairill roclas’ » Poem (7 stanzas) about Tuan mac Cairill. For the first seven lines (of the left column), this column is empty.
f. 98vbline 21–f. 98vbline 23
[Dia ro-rannta cóicid Érenn] » Incipit: ‘Dia rorannta Erenn’ » Quatrain, beginning Dia rorannta cóicid Erenn.
f. 98vbline 24–f. 98vbline 32
[Atberim frib lith saine] » Incipit: ‘Atberim frib lith ngaili’ » Four quatrains about Beltaine, Lugnasad, Samain and Imbolc
f. 99r–f. 100v
[Scéla Alexandir maic Pilip] » Episodes from the Irish Alexander saga.
f. 100v
[Compert Conchobuir] » Story of Ness daughter of Eochaid Sálbuide
f. 100v
» Out of place scribal note to Lebor gabála Érenn
scribal addition x

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[dig. img.] Oxford Digital Library, Early manuscripts at Oxford University, Online: University of Oxford. URL: <>.

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Cuív, Brian, Catalogue of Irish language manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford and Oxford college libraries. Part 1: Descriptions, Dublin: School of Celtic Studies, DIAS, 2001.
Best, Richard Irvine, “Notes on Rawlinson B. 512”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 17 (1928): 389–402.
Dennis Groenewegen
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