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Hearne 'Usserii Collectaneorum' vol. 1, written in the first half of the 17th century partly by Ussher

MS. Add. C. 296
Held at the Weston Library

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Collections by Archbishop Ussher relating chiefly to the Ecclesiastical History of the British Isles, among which are:

  1. (fol. 1) Extracts from Bede's Hist. Ecclesiastica, from Gervasius Dorobernensis (fol. 29v), Sprott's Chronicle (ibid. and fol. 92v), Walter de Gisborne or Heming-ford (fol. 3ov), Nic. Trivet (fol. 31), etc., the whole forming a catena from b. c. 60 to about A.D. 1300;
  2. (fol. 31v) Gilbertus Lunicensis (of Limerick) De statu Ecclesiæ, with prologue, chiefly from a Cambr. Univ. Libr. MS. and one belonging to Augustine Linsell;
  3. (fol. 39) 'Vita Abbatum monasterii in Wiramutha & Gyruum' by Bede, from a Cotton and a Linsell MS.; and a Life of Bede (fol. 48) and of Gildas, by Caradoc of Langarvan (fol. 56) from the same MSS.;
  4. (fol. 61) a Latin poem by Ethelwulf on St. Peter's monastery connected with Lindisfarne abbey, beg. 'Sume pater placidos', from a Cotton MS.;
  5. (fol. 73) some copies of constitutions, charters and privileges in Anglo-Saxon times;
  6. (fol. 89) a dissertation by Camden De Constantini patria, with Justus Lipsius's reply, 1604;
  7. (fol. 94) 117 letters from Anselm;
  8. (fol. 124) 'Annales Anglo-Saxonici' et Scotici, from various manuscript sources, with notes;
  9. (fol. 153) The Song of Taliesin, in Welsh, with a Latin translation into Sapphics by -- Jones, vicar of Llanfair dyffryn Clwyd, 1580;
  10. (fol. 157) a Latin poem by Rhygyfarch (Ricemarchus: d. 1099), beg. 'Heu quia nos ætas', copied in Dr. Richard James's hand;
  11. (fol. 158) 'Verses found in the Register of Lismore', beg. 'Dictus fuit quondam festus', imperfect;
  12. (fol. 159) Two Greek fragments about the date of Easter by Petrus Alexandrinus and Theophilus Alexandrinus, copied in 1626, with notes by Joh. Boisius;
  13. (fol. 169) Autograph collation by J. Boisius of the Greek Liturgy of Basil in an old MS. lent him by Ussher, April 4, 1626;
  14. (fol. 172v) 'Catalogus librorum manu-scriptorum ab Ignatio patriarcha Antiocheno ex Oriente advectorum', a copy of Sir Henry Savile's list made by him at Rome;
  15. (fol. 174) 'Index [i.e. catalogus] librorum [manuscriptorum] Arabicorum, qui sunt apud Marcum de Obelio', followed by another similar list of MSS. belonging to the king of Spain;
  16. (fol. 199v) a copy of the Ύμνοѕ Εώθινος (beg. Δόξα έν ύψίστοιѕ θεώ);
  17. fol. 202v) comparative lists of ancient bishoprics in the British Isles.

A very small proportion of the papers in this volume are in Ussher's hand, but he contributes many notes. A list of most of the contents, apparently by 'James Tyrrill', the donor, is at fol. 231.

Many of the copies are from Cottonian MSS.


  • Creation: written in the first half of the 17th century partly by Ussher


236 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • Latin
  • Welsh
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)


MS. Add. C. 296

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. V, no. 27610.

Physical Facet

On paper

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