London, British Library, MS Egerton 1782 Miscellany (prose and verse)

  • Irish
  • 1516-1518
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum
Collection: Egerton manuscripts
Egerton 1782
Provenance and related aspects
including Old and Middle Irish
Origin, provenance
Origin: Ireland
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Later provenance: ass. with Aodh Ó DálaighÓ Dálaigh (Aodh)
(fl. mid–18th century)
O'Daly (Hugh)
Irish scribe and poet
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Some of the texts were transcribed from this manuscript by Hugh O'Daly in TCD MSS 1287 and 1384.(1)n. 1 T. K. Abbott • E. J. Gwynn, Catalogue of Irish MSS in TCD (1921): 40 and 245. Another 18th-century paper manuscript containing transcripts from Egerton 1782 is Dublin, National Library of Ireland, MS G 130.
Hands, scribes
Ó Maoil Chonaire familyÓ Maoil Chonaire family
Important learned family of poets, historians and scribes based in Connacht.
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A number of scribes from Ó Maoil Chonaire family.
Codicological information
9.5 ″ × 6 ″
Table of contents

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The above method of differentiating between links has not been applied yet to texts or citations from texts which are included in the context of other texts, commonly verses.


While it is not a reality yet, CODECS seeks consistency in formatting references to locations of texts and other items of interest in manuscripts. Our preferences may be best explained with some examples:

  • f. 23ra.34: meaning folio 23 recto, first column, line 34
  • f. 96vb.m: meaning folio 96, verso, second column, middle of the page (s = top, m = middle, i = bottom)
    • Note that marg. = marginalia, while m = middle.
  • p. 67b.23: meaning page 67, second column, line 23
The list below has been collated from the table of contents, if available on this page,Progress in this area is being made piecemeal. Full and partial tables of contents are available for a small number of manuscripts. and incoming annotations for individual texts (again, if available).Whenever catalogue entries about texts are annotated with information about particular manuscript witnesses, these manuscripts can be queried for the texts that are linked to them.



T. K. Abbott • E. J. Gwynn, Catalogue of Irish MSS in TCD (1921): 40 and 245.

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.] British Library: digitised manuscripts, Online: British Library. URL: <>.
Meyer, Kuno [ed.], “Mitteilungen aus irischen Handschriften. V. Aus Egerton 1782 [Marginalia]”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 4 (1903): 31–32.
Internet Archive: <link>
Selected marginalia.

Secondary sources (select)

Flower, Robin [ed.], Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the [British Library, formerly the] British Museum, vol. 2, London: British Museum, 1926.
Watson, Andrew George, Catalogue of dated and datable manuscripts c. 700-1600 in the Department of Manuscripts: The British Library, 2 vols, London: British Library, 1979.
vol 1: no. 602

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Dennis Groenewegen
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October 2010, last updated: March 2023