Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 488 Annals and other sources, incl. Annals of Tigernach, collected by or for James Ware

  • Irish
  • s. xivex-xvin + s. xvii composite manuscript
  • Irish manuscripts

Irish manuscript which includes the Annals of Tigernach.

Collection: Rawlinson manuscripts
Rawlinson B 488
Irish annals
Provenance and related aspects
s. xivex-xvin + s. xvii
Part late 14th - early 15th century; part 17th century.
Origin, provenance
Provenance: ass. with Ware (James)
Ware (James)
(d. 1666)
(Sir) James Ware, Irish scholar, historian and antiquarian

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Hands, scribes
Codicological information
UnitCodicological unit. Indicates whether the entry describes a single leaf, a distinct or composite manuscript, etc.
composite manuscript
Distinct units
ff. i-vii
Oxford, Bodleian Library,…  ff. i-vii
ff. 1-26

A world chronicle and Annals of Tigernach.

ff. 27-28

Blank pages.

ff. 30[27]-31[28]
ff. 32-33

Blank pages

ff. 34[29]-39[34]
ff. 40[35]-53[48]

Notes and transcripts by Sir James Ware.

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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.] Oxford Digital Library, Early manuscripts at Oxford University, Online: University of Oxford, 2001–present. URL: <>.

Secondary sources (select)

Ó Cuív, Brian, Catalogue of Irish language manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford and Oxford college libraries. Part 1: Descriptions, Dublin: School of Celtic Studies, DIAS, 2001.
McNeill, Charles, “Rawlinson manuscripts (Class B) [Report on manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford]”, Analecta Hibernica 1 (March, 1930): 118–178.
OʼConor, Charles, Bibliotheca Ms. Stowensis: a descriptive catalogue of the manuscripts in the Stowe Library, 2 vols, Buckingham, 1818–1819.
Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link>
Dennis Groenewegen
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June 2011, last updated: February 2024