Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 487 Unit: section 2, ff. 12–52Acallam na senórach

  • Irish
  • s. xv
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum
Finn Cycle
Provenance and related aspects
s. xv
15th century.
Origin, provenance
Origin: Ireland
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Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Principal scribe

“This section is mostly the work of one scribe who wrote a large clear hand [...] Some marginalia seem to be in the hand of the main scribe. Two of these (f. 34v, marg. inf., and f. 51v, marg. inf.) indicate that his name was Domhnall Óg and another (f. 27r, marg. sup.) indicates that he had a companion named Maoileachlainn” (Ó Cuív).

Domhnall Óg [scribe]Domhnall Óg ... scribe
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Additional hand 1 (f. 31vb.11–33)

Additional hand writing a few lines in smaller script om f. 31vb.11–33 (Ó Cuív).

Additional hand 2 (f. 32v.8–28)

Additional hand writing a few lines in smaller script on f. 32v.8–28 (Ó Cuív).

Marginal hands (gen. and misc.)

“There are many marginalia in what appear to be other hands” (Ó Cuív).

Codicological information
State of existence
“In general the vellum in the second section is thicker than that in the first but there are some fairly thin leaves, e.g. ff. 33, 38–41, 44–6” (Ó Cuív).
28 cm × 22 cm
“c.28 × 22 cm” (Ó Cuív).
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