Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 502 Unit: section 1, ff. 1r-12v

  • Irish, Latin
  • s. xiex/xiiin
  • Irish manuscripts
  • vellum
Irish annals
First vellum codex of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Rawlinson B 502. Its main contents are a large fragment of the Annals of Tigernach.
Provenance and related aspects
Irish, Latin
s. xiex/xiiin
Late 11th / early 12th century.
Hands, scribes
Codicological information
Table of contents

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[dig. img.] Oxford Digital Library, Early manuscripts at Oxford University, Online: University of Oxford, 2001–present. URL: <>.
[ed.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The Annals of Tigernach [part 1]: the fragment in Rawlinson B. 502”, Revue Celtique 16 (1895): 374–419.
Internet Archive – offprint: <link>
374–419 World chronicle in Rawl. B 502.

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.
Oskamp, Hans P. A., “The first twelve folia of Rawlinson B 502”, Ériu 23 (1972): 56–72.
Best, R. I., “Palaeographical notes I. The Rawlinson B 502 Tigernach”, Ériu 7 (1914): 114–120.
Internet Archive: <link>
Dennis Groenewegen
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February 2013, last updated: February 2024