Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1337 Unit: section 9.1, pp. 173–184

  • Irish
  • s. xvi ?
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum
Part of
Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1337 (H 3. 18, 1337) [s. xv-xvi]
early Irish legal texts
Legal material
Provenance and related aspects
s. xvi ?
16th century?
Origin, provenance
Provenance: ass. with Gilacius mac QuenrachelaighGilacius mac Quenrachelaigh
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On the first page, a cursive hand, which is distinct from the Gaelic scribal hand, twice adds a personal name, initially at the top and then vertically, between the two text columns. The vertical version reads Gilacius mac Quenrachelaigh (or -claigh?). His identity is unknown. According to William O'Sullivan, the first name represents Giolla Íosa, while the surname or patronymic is unclear, possibly a form of Mac Ionnrachtaigh. O’Sullivan suggests he was a one-time owner of the manuscript, while Kobel suggests he was its scribe.

Late provenance: A modern binder has united the two manuscript units, now pp. 173–184 (9.1) and 185-213 (9.2), although they are originally distinct.
Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Main hand Written, it seems, in a single hand.
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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.] “Trinity College, Dublin”, 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: <>.
[dipl. ed.] Binchy, D. A. [ed.], Corpus iuris Hibernici, 7 vols, vol. 2, Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1978.  

Numbered pp. 339–744; diplomatic edition of legal material from: London, British Library, MS Harley 432; Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1316; Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1337.


Secondary sources (select)

Kobel, Chantal, “The codicology of late medieval Irish legal manuscripts: a preliminary study of TCD MS H 3.18 (1337)”, in: M. J. Driscoll (ed.), Care and conservation of manuscripts 17: proceedings of the seventeenth international seminar held at the University of Copenhagen 11th – 13th April 2018, Museum Tusculanum Press, 2021. 77–88.
Breatnach, Liam, A companion to the Corpus iuris Hibernici, Early Irish Law Series, 5, Dublin: DIAS, 2005.  

A companion to D. A. Binchy, CIH (1978). Review article: Neil McLeod, ‘Review,A true companion to the Corpus iuris Hibernici’, Peritia 19 (2005).

OʼSullivan, William, “The manuscript collection of Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh”, in: Alfred P. Smyth (ed.), Seanchas. Studies in early and medieval Irish archaeology, history and literature in honour of Francis J. Byrne, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2000. 439–447.
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