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Extracts by Francis Junius from three MSS. of Frisian laws, Written in the mid-17th century by Francis Junius

MS. Junius 49
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Extracts by Francis Junius from three MSS. of Frisian laws, collated by him with the Cologne edition of 1471, of which the copy used by Junius is now MS. Junius 109:

  1. A. Fol. 1. From the Fivelgoër MS. (written about 1427), at that time in the possession of Werner Emmen, senator of Groningen (fol. 15v), for which see Richthofen, Hss. über fries. Rechtsgeschichte, i. 23 et seqq., 205 et seqq., and the edition of M. de Haan Hettema, Dockum (1841). beg. 'Hweth is riucht? List en kenst riuchtis unde godis'.
  2. B. Fols. 22, 76. From a MS. written in 1475 by Sidzo Unia (fol. 75) in 1684 owned by Simon Abbes Gabbema, the historian and archivist of Frisia, whose collection is now at the St. Antoniegasthuis at Leeuwarden in Holland. This was a fine quarto referred to as the Codex Unia, but not now known to exist. beg. 'Hwat is riucht. List ende konst riuchtis ende godis'. A second extract (fol. 76) contains the laws of the Upstalboom, beg. 'Hier beginnet da wilkarren fan opstallis baem'.
  3. C. Fol. 46. From another Gabbema MS. in folio, now known as the MS. Roorda, comprising an excerpt in Frisian from the pseudo-capitulary of Charles the Great in favour of the Frisians, as confirmed in the 15th cent. by Frederick III, king of the Romans, for which see Richthofen, Friesische Rechtsquellen, pp. 351-7, and other excerpts edited by Hettema, Oude friesche Wetten, ii. 20-34.


  • Creation: Written in the mid-17th century by Francis Junius


99 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Multiple languages
  • Dutch, Middle (ca.1050-1350)
  • Western Frisian
  • Latin


MS. Junius 49

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 5161


  • For the whole MS. see 'Westfriesische Studien' by Thomas Siebs in Abhandlungen der kön. Akad. der Wissenschaften in Berlin (1895), especially pp. 6-10.

Physical Facet

On paper


8 1/5 × 6 1/10 in.

Repository Details

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