Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 502

  • s. xi/xii + s. xvii
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum + paper
Collection: Rawlinson
B 502
Composite manuscript
Provenance and related aspects
s. xi/xii + s. xvii
(A) Late 11th / early 12th century; (B) 1125 x 1150; (C) 17th century
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
vellum + paper
Vellum and paper
Distinct units
ff. 1–12

Copy of part of the Annals of Tigernach.

ff. 19–89
ff. 13–18 + 90–103

17th-century paper leaves.


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.

[dig. img.] Oxford Digital Library, Early manuscripts at Oxford University, Online: University of Oxford. URL: <>.
Photographic reproduction. direct link
[ed.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “Mélanges: Early Middle Irish glosses from Rawlinson B 502”, Revue Celtique 7 (1886): 374–375.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Breatnach, Caoimhín, “Manuscript sources and methodology: Rawlinson B 502 and Lebar Glinne Dá Locha”, Celtica 24 (2003): 40–54.
Celtica – PDF: <link>
Meyer, Kuno, Rawlinson B. 502. A collection of pieces in prose and verse in the Irish language, compiled during the eleventh and twelfth centuries, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1909.  
comments: For corrigenda, see Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 7 (1910): 521-522. <link>
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.
163–200 (cat. no. 34)
Ó Murchadha, Diarmuid, “Rawlinson B. 502: Dating the genealogies”, in: Carey, John, Máire Herbert, and Kevin Murray (eds.), Cín Chille Cúile: texts, saints and places. Essays in honour of Pádraig Ó Riain, Celtic Studies Publications 9, Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, 2004. 316–333.
Dennis Groenewegen
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