Manuscripts

London, British Library, MS Egerton 90

  • s. xiv-xvi
  • composite manuscript
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum
A slim, composite Irish manuscript. It includes the deed of a dispute over land (section 2), two legal fragments (section 3) and four leaves which have been identified as belonging originally to RIA MS D ii 1 alias the Book of Uí Maine (section 4).
Identifiers
Location
Collection: Egerton
Shelfmark
90
Provenance and related aspects
Date
s. xiv-xvi
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
UnitCodicological unit. Indicates whether the entry describes a single leaf, a distinct or composite manuscript, etc.
composite manuscript
Material
vellum
Distinct units
f. 1
London, British Library, …  f. 1

A memorandum written in English by James Hardiman.

ff. 2-7

A calendar in Irish, signs of the zodiac and a marginal medical recipe.

ff. 9-12

First part of the third section, containing material relating to early Irish law.

ff. 13-16

Second part of the third section, containing material relating to early Irish law.

ff. 17-20

Four leaves which belonged originally to the Book of Uí Maine (RIA D ii 1).

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  • f. 23ra.34: meaning folio 23 recto, first column, line 34
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  • p. 67b.23: meaning page 67, second column, line 23

Sources

Secondary sources (select)

O'Grady, Standish Hayes, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the [British Library, formerly the] British Museum, vol. 1, London: British Museum, 1926.
76–85
O'Sullivan, William, “The Book of Uí Maine formerly the Book of Ó Dubhagáin: scripts and structure”, Éigse 23 (1989): 151–166.
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen
Page created
July 2011, last updated: February 2020