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

MS. Rawl. C. 892

Summary Catalogue no.: 12726



Monastic (?) cathedral. Temporale (fol. 1); sanctorale (fol. 101v), beginning with St. Sylvester; common of the dedication (fol. 125) and of the saints (126), the name of St. Bridget in the introit (fol. 143v: Gaudeamus) for the common of the virgins; mass of the dead (fol. 147v), troped profecy of the midnight mass of Christmas (fol. 149), incomplete. Extensive rubrics (black) for Holy Week. After the mass of Holy Saturday (fol. 67v) is the R Christus resurgens with the V Dicant nunc for 2 voices.

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 149 + i fol., a leaf missing after fol. 128 and 2 (?) at the end.
Dimensions (leaf): 225 × 160 mm.


Written by two hands. The scribe of the main part begins the quires with the invocation O emmanuel in the right top corner of the 1st page (cut off on fols. 37, 97, 144), the second wrote fols. 109–31 with a markedly Irish hand (see also fol. 131v, 144).

Musical Notation:

Point-neum notation of 12 staves of 4 red (37, green) lines. The clefs are indicated by letters, mostly b, D and d.


Good and other initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 1272, pl. CXVII)

A large coloured initial on the titlepage; others on fols. 9, 68v, 81, 114.


Origin: 12th century, end ; Irish

Provenance and Acquisition

Pächt and Alexander suggested that the MS. was probably made for the Benedictine cathedral priory of Downpatrick, after 1183, but it has recently been attributed to Lismore Cathedral.

Richard Rawlinson, 1690–1755

Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford : Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957), Pächt and Alexander, and 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

Digital Bodleian (9 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.