A catalogue of Western manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries and selected Oxford colleges

MS. Bodl. Rolls 15

Summary Catalogue no.: 2976


Chronicle of England from Brutus to 1429.
Incipit: Ab origine mundi .ij. millibus iiijº. iiijxx. x. annis Brutus venit in terram hanc
Explicit: H. sexto iusta probatis

Followed by a list of kings from Kyngilsus to Henry V, with the length of their reigns and places of burial.

Followed by hexameters:

Rubric: Versus de quibusdam comitatibus Anglie
Incipit: Illa quidem longe
Explicit: Testis Hely, formosa situ, Rowcestria visu

Followed by a fifteenth-century note on the successive races of England, ending ‘quod Colbrond

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: roll
Support: parchment
Dimensions (roll): c. 2560 × 155 mm.


1 col., c. 102 mm. wide


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 911)

Coloured initials, rubrics.


Origin: 1447 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

‘Anno domini. ml.cccc. quadragesimo septimo’, at head, in the scribe's hand.

Thomas Kerry, clerk of the Privy Seal.

Presented by him in 1604.

Record Sources

Description adapted (August 2019) from the following sources:
A. G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c.435–1600 in Oxford Libraries (Oxford, 1984), no. 128 [physical description, date, provenance]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, III (1973), no. 911 [decoration]
Summary Catalogue (1905) [contents, provenance]

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.