Dublin, Trinity College, MS 52 Book of Armagh (Liber Ardmachanus)

  • Latin, Irish
  • c. 807
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum
Cat. no. 52
Book of Armagh (Liber Ardmachanus)
Provenance and related aspects
Latin Secondary: Irish
c. 807
c. 807.
Origin, provenance
Origin: Ard Macha
Ard Macha ... Armagh
County Armagh
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Hands, scribes
include Fer Domnach
Hands indexed:
Fer Domnach Fer DomnachFer Domnach
Entry reserved for but not yet available from the subject index.

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Torbach mac GormáinTorbach mac Gormáin
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Torbach, identified with Torbach mac Gormáin
Codicological information
19.5 cm × 14.5 cm
222 ff.
Table of contents

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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.] Digital resources and imaging services, Trinity College Library Dublin, Online: Trinity College Dublin, 2009–present. URL: <>.
[facs. ed.] Gwynn, E. J. [ed.], Book of Armagh: the Patrician documents, Facsimiles in Collotype of Irish Manuscripts, 3, Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1937.
Facsimile edition.
[ed.] Bieler, Ludwig [ed. and tr.], The Patrician texts in the Book of Armagh, Scriptores Latini Hiberniae, 10, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1979.
[ed.] Gwynn, John [ed.], Liber Ardmachanus: The book of Armagh, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis & Co, 1913. <link> Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Harvey, Anthony [project leader], Jane Conroy [principal investigator], and Franz Fischer [principal researcher], Saint Patrick’s Confessio Hypertext Stack Project, Online: Royal Irish Academy, 2009–present. URL: <>.
Colker, Marvin L., Trinity College Library Dublin: descriptive catalogue of the mediaeval and Renaissance Latin manuscripts, 2 vols, Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1991.
Abbott, T. K., and E. J. Gwynn, Catalogue of the Irish manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis & Co, 1921.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
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