Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 E 29 Book of Fermoy

  • Irish
  • s. xiv/xv
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum
Collection: Charles Haliday collection
23 E 29
Cat. no. 1134
Book of Fermoy
manuscript miscellanies Irish narrative literature Irish religious literature vernacular Irish verse
Provenance and related aspects
s. xiv/xv
14th or 15th century.
Origin, provenance
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
Distinct units
pp. 1-16

A fragment of Lebor gabála Érenn (Recension A), tentatively dated to the 14th century in the catalogue description. Another part is in Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS D iii 1.

pp. 17-216

The greater part of the manuscript.

pp. 217-232
Dublin, Royal Irish Acade…  pp. 217-232

Medical manuscript written by multiple hands.

pp. 233-234
Dublin, Royal Irish Acade…  pp. 233-234


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[dig. img.] “Royal Irish Academy”, Anne-Marie OʼBrien, and Pádraig Ó Macháin, Irish Script on Screen (ISOS) – Meamrám Páipéar Ríomhaire, Online: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1999–present. URL: <>.

Secondary sources (select)

Mulchrone, Kathleen, Thomas F. OʼRahilly, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, and A. I. Pearson, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, 8 vols, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1926–1970.  
8 volumes: Vol. 1, pp. 1–654 (fasc. 1-5) -- Vol. 2, pp. 655–1294 (fasc. 6-10) -- Vol. 3, pp. 1295–1938 (fasc. 11-15) -- Vol. 4, pp. 1939–2578 (fasc. 16-20) -- Vol. 5, pp. 2579–3220 (fasc. 21-25) -- Vol. 6, pp. 3221–3500 (fasc. 26-27) -- Vol. 7 (index 1) -- Vol. 8 (index 2).
Vol. 5, 3091–3125 (no. 1134) [id. 1134.]
Todd, James Henthorn [tr.], “Descriptive catalogue of the contents of the Irish manuscript, commonly called ‘The Book of Fermoy’”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Irish MSS series, 1:1 (1870): 3–65.
Internet Archive – PRIA 1870: <link>, <link> Internet Archive – 1868 version: <link> HathiTrust: <link>
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