Dublin, Trinity College, MS 59 Book of Dimma

  • Latin
  • s. viii
  • Irish manuscripts
  • parchment
A 4. 23
Cat. no. 59
Book of Dimma
Provenance and related aspects
s. viii
Late 8th century, with later additions.
Origin, provenance
Origin: Ireland
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Ros Cré
Ros Cré ... Roscrea
County Tipperary, County North Tipperary
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Probably written at the monastery of Ros Cré (Roscrea, Co. North Tipperary), a foundation of St Crónán.
Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Hand (Dianchride) Dianchride [scribe of the Book of Dimma]Dianchride ... scribe of the Book of Dimma
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Specimens (IIIF):
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Hand of addition

The name of Dimma is written on an erasure over previous subscriptions and added to another page.

Codicological information
Palaeographical information
includes three Evangelist portraits


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.] Digital resources and imaging services, Trinity College Library Dublin, Online: Trinity College Dublin, 2009–present. URL: <>.
[ed.] Stokes, Whitley, and John Strachan [eds.], Thesaurus palaeohibernicus: a collection of Old-Irish glosses, scholia, prose, and verse, 3 vols, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1901–1910.  
comments: Three volumes published between 1901 and 1910: I. Biblical glosses and scholia (1901); II. Non-Biblical glosses and scholia; Old-Irish prose; names of persons and places; inscriptions; verse; indexes (1903); III. A supplement to Thesaurus Palaeohibernicus, by Whitley Stokes (Halle, Niemeyer, 1910). Reprinted by DIAS in 1975 and 1987, with Stokes' supplementary volume being included with volume 2.
Internet Archive – vol. 1: <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2: <link> Internet Archive – originally from Google Books: <link>
257 Text of the notes.

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>
Colker, Marvin L., Trinity College Library Dublin: descriptive catalogue of the mediaeval and Renaissance Latin manuscripts, 2 vols, Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1991.
Dennis Groenewegen
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