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MS. Rawl. B. 489

Summary Catalogue no.: 11836


The Annals of Ulster (Annala Uladh) or Annals of Senat (Annala Senait)

Mostly written by two scribes, the second writing the annals as far as 1506; continued in other hands to 1542; with a few isolated entries for later years.

Leaves missing with loss of text between fols. 50/55 and 72/74.

Language(s): Irish and Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 121 folios, including inserted slips of vellum at fols. 110, 116b, 118
Dimensions (leaf): 330 × 240 mm.
Foliation: Early ink foliation 3–50, 55–65, 67–69, thereafter cancelled and corrected by 19th-century pencil foliation 70–72, 74–126.


Two main scribes, identified by Ó Cuív as Ruaidhrí Ua Caiside, archdeacon of Clogher (d. 1541) (to fol. 32ra9) and Ruaidhrí Ua Luinín (d. 1528) (to fol. 107vb12)


Initials, drawings to mark the quires.



17th-century, leather on boards.


Origin: 16th century, early ; Irish

Provenance and Acquisition

Made for Ruaidhrí Mac Craith of Termonmagrath (d. 1528).

Sir James Ware, 1594–1666 (for this and the following see William O'Sullivan in Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy: Archaeology, Culture, History, Literature 97C/2 (1997))

Henry, Earl of Clarendon (Catalogus Manuscriptorum Angliae 2/2 no. 2).

Acquired by James Bryges, Duke of Chandos, in the purchase of Clarendon's library.

His sale, 1747, no. 2986

Richard Rawlinson, 1690–1755.

Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Description adapted and abbreviated (June 2019) from Brian Ó Cuiv, Catalogue of Irish Language Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford and Oxford College Libraries, 2 vols (Dublin, 2001–3), I.153–63. Previously described in the Quarto Catalogue (W. D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ...viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, J.C.D., codicum...complectens, Quarto Catalogues V, 5 fascicles, 1862–1900).

Digital Images

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Last Substantive Revision

2019-06-14: Description elaborated with reference to Ó Cuiv