London, British Library, MS Harley 432 Parts of the Senchas Már compilation

  • Irish
  • s. xvi1
  • Irish manuscripts
Collection: Harley manuscripts
Harley 432
early Irish legal texts
Provenance and related aspects
s. xvi1
Early 16th century.
Origin, provenance
Provenance: Ireland
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Munster/Cúige Mumhan
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Ireland, Munster. The scribal colophon on f. 20v states it was written in Díseart Labhráis, probably in what is now the towland of Inch Saint Lawrence, bar. Clonwilliam, Co. Limerick (see NMAJ 3: 153). According to O'Grady, the use of tabhrach (3rd p. sg, imper.) for tabhradh in the colophon confirms the Munster origin of the MS.

Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Main hand

Written “in double columns ïn a very distinct but quite inornate hand, and in the usual law style, viz the ‘cóip’ (copia) or ‘text’ very large; the ‘comaoin’ (‘gloss’ or ‘commentary’) in a character one third the size” (O'Grady).

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.


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.

[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.

339–422 Diplomatic edition of legal material on ff. 1a–20d.

Secondary sources (select)

OʼGrady, Standish Hayes, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the [British Library, formerly the] British Museum, vol. 1, London: British Museum, 1926.
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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).

Description of the contents as given in CIH.
Dennis Groenewegen
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