Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 489 Annals of Ulster

  • Irish, Latin
  • s. xviin
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum

Manuscript of the early 16th century containing the Annals of Ulster.

Collection: Rawlinson manuscripts
Rawlinson B 489
Irish annals
Provenance and related aspects
Irish Secondary: Latin
s. xviin
Early 16th century.
Hands, scribes
Hands indexed:
Main hand 1

The first of two main hands responsible for ff. 1-107. After summarising previous scholarship on the matter, Ó Cuív suggests that the work of this scribe extends until f. 32ra.9 (after which the second scribe took over) and that the hand is to be identified with that of Ruaidhrí Ua Caiside, archdeacon of Clogher [ob. 1541]. What appears to be his colophon is found in the bottom margin of f. 31v, although it is now poorly legible. His obit on f. 126 states, erroneously it seems, that is e do scribh in lebur-sa pro maiori parte (‘it is he who wrote this book for the most part’).

Ruaidhrí Ó Caiside [archdeacon of Clogher]Ó Caiside (Ruaidhrí) ... archdeacon of Clogher
(ob. 1541)
Archdeacon of Clogher, known for his scribal work in manuscripts of the Annals of Ulster.
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Main hand 2

The second of two main hands responsible for ff. 1-107. Ó Cuív suggests that this scribe took over on f. 32ra and that the hand can be identified as that of Ruaidhrí Ua Luinín. His obit is found added in a later hand, identifying him as in neoch do scribh forgla in leabair so (‘the one who wrote the best part of this book’).

Ruaidhrí Ó LuinínÓ Luinín (Ruaidhrí)
(fl. 16th century)
O'Luinin (Rory)
Ruaidhrí Ó Luinín, Irish scribe
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Additional scribe 1 (ff. 107vb-122vb)

According to Ó Cuív, an anonymous, third scribe added new entries to ff. 107vb-122vb, which cover a period between AD 1507 and 1535; a fourth hand in this part suggests that the two scribes were working together.

Additional scribe 2

According to Ó Cuív, a fourth scribe makes an appearance on f. 108va and frequently alternates with the third scribe.

Codicological information
The list below has been collated from the table of contents, if available on this page,Progress in this area is being made piecemeal. Full and partial tables of contents are available for a small number of manuscripts. and incoming annotations for individual texts (again, if available).Whenever catalogue entries about texts are annotated with information about particular manuscript witnesses, these manuscripts can be queried for the texts that are linked to them.


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Dennis Groenewegen
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