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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