Dublin, Trinity College, MS 1319

  • Irish
  • various composite manuscript
  • multiple volumes
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum + paper
Composite Irish manuscript consisting of many fragments.
H 2. 17
Cat. no. 1319
Nine leaves from p. 172 on were previously part of the Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS 23 P 2
Provenance and related aspects
various ages
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
UnitCodicological unit. Indicates whether the entry describes a single leaf, a distinct or composite manuscript, etc.
composite manuscript • multiple volumes
vellum + paper
Vellum (pp. 83-491) and paper (pp. 1-82).
Bound in two volumes
Distinct units

Volume 1

pp. 1-82

Volume 1 (82 pp), a paper manuscript containing vernacular translations of Latin accounts of the Life of Christ.

Volume 2

pp. 83-89

Medical fragment of 3 ½ leaves (vellum). “It appears to be of the fifteenth century” (Abbott).

pp. 90-110

Vellum fragment of 11 (originally 12) leaves, again of the 15th century (Abbott), including a copy of Cath Muige Tuired Cunga.

pp. 111-118
pp. 119-171

27 leaves containing Irish versions of classical tales.

pp. 172-187

9 leaves which previously belonged to the Book of Lecan.

pp. 188-191
Dublin, Trinity College, …  pp. 188-191

Two leaves were formerly inserted between p. 187 and p. 192 (Abbott). Although they retain the earlier pagination (pp. 188-191), these leaves are presently found after p. 171 (Gwynn).

pp. 195-278

Five Irish grammatical treatises.

pp. 303-316

Pages 303-316 are missing.

pp. 317-333
pp. 334-351

See above. 9 ff containing a fragment of Recension III of Táin bó Cúailnge. A part of the same fragment also occurs on pp. 111-118.

pp. 433-462
Dublin, Trinity College, …  pp. 433-462
pp. 477a-482b
Dublin, Trinity College, …  pp. 477-482

Three fragments of Togail bruidne Da Derga.

pp. 483bis-485
Dublin, Trinity College, …  pp. 483-485

Fragments of four poems.

pp. 486-487
Dublin, Trinity College, …  pp. 486-487


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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.] “Trinity College, Dublin”, Anne-Marie OʼBrien, and Pádraig Ó Macháin, Irish Script on Screen (ISOS) – Meamrám Páipéar Ríomhaire, Online: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1999–present. URL: <>.
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Secondary sources (select)

Abbott, T. K., and E. J. Gwynn, Catalogue of the Irish manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, Dublin: Hodges, Figgis & Co, 1921.
Internet Archive: <link> Internet Archive: <link>
110–116 and 348–352 (no. 1319).
Dennis Groenewegen
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February 2011, last updated: July 2022