Cambridge, University Library, MS Ii. 6. 32 Book of Deer

  • Latin
  • Middle Gaelic
  • s. x1
  • Scottish manuscripts
  • vellum
Pocket gospel book produced around the tenth century, probably in Scotland; well known for containing additions in Scottish Gaelic (or Middle Irish).
Ii. 6. 32
Book of Deer
Provenance and related aspects
Latin Secondary: Middle Gaelic
s. x1
10th century?
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
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.] “Book of Deer (MS Ii.6.32)”, Cambridge Digital Library, Online: University of Cambridge. URL: <>.
Digital images, with catalogue entry by Zutshi and Binski (2011) and further information and links direct link

Secondary sources (select)

Forsythe, Katherine (ed.), Studies on the Book of Deer, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008.  
Articles are grouped together in one of three subdivisions: 1. The gospel book (first four authors); 2. The property records (next seven articles); 3. Deer in context.
Binski, Paul, Patrick Zutshi, and Stella Panayotova [ass.], Western illuminated manuscripts: a catalogue of the collection in Cambridge University Library, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. xxiv + 506 pp.
Hughes, Kathleen, Celtic Britain in the early Middle Ages: studies in Scottish and Welsh sources, ed. David N. Dumville, Studies in Celtic History 2, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1980.  
Papers revised or previously unpublished
22–37 Hunter Marshall lecture 1977
Jackson, Kenneth H., The Gaelic notes in the Book of Deer [The Osborn Bergin Memorial Lecture 1970], Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1972.
CELT – ed. and tr.: <link>
Jackson, Kenneth, “Some remarks on the Gaelic notitiae in the Book of Deer”, Ériu 16 (1952): 86–98.

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