London, British Library, MS Cotton Domitian A i Unit: ff. 56-160Latin historical writing relating to Wales

  • Latin
  • s. xiii4/4
  • Welsh manuscripts
  • vellum

A manuscript of St David's from 13th century and later.

Part of
London, British Library, MS Cotton Domitian A i [s. x/xiiin + s. xiii and later]
Welsh histories
Provenance and related aspects
s. xiii4/4
Last quarter of the 13th century, except for later additions.
Origin, provenance
Origin: Tyddewi [St Davids]
Tyddewi ... St Davids cathedral church
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Cathedral church of St Davids.
Later provenance: ass. with Lewis (John) [d. 1541]Lewis (John) ... d. 1541
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Prise (John)
Sir John Prise, Syr Siôn ap Rhys
Scholar and administrator of Brecon; son of Rhys ap Gwilym ap Llywelyn and of Gwenllian daughter of Hywel ap Madog.

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John Lewis (d. 1541), treasurer of St Davids, sends it to Sir John Prise (d. 1555). Prise owned it by 1539. See N. R. Ker, ‘Sir John Prise’, The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 10 (1955).
Later provenance: ass. with Dee (John)
Dee (John)
(13 July 1527–1608/1609)
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In 1583, John Dee owns the MS.
Later provenance: ass. with Cotton (Robert)
Cotton (Robert)
Sir Robert Bruce, 1st baronet, of Connington Hall, was an English politician, antiquary and collector of manuscripts, who established the Cotton library.

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By 1621, the manuscript has become part of the collection of Sir Robert Cotton (d. 1631).
Later provenance: ass. with Planta (Joseph)
Planta (Joseph)
librarian, of Swiss origin, of the British Museum; author of a catalogue of manuscripts in the Cottonian collection

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MS described by Joseph Planta (1744-1827), librarian.
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
Table of contents

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Secondary sources (select)

Hughes, Kathleen, Celtic Britain in the early Middle Ages: studies in Scottish and Welsh sources, ed. David N. Dumville, Studies in Celtic History, 2, Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1980.  
Papers revised or previously unpublished
esp. 73–74 and 76
Ker, N. R., “Sir John Prise”, The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, 5th series, 10 (1955): 1–24.
Dennis Groenewegen
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