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Fairfax Manuscripts


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A collection of manuscripts relating to medieval British history and literature. The manuscripts are mainly Latin, but also include some English, Middle English, French, Anglo-Norman, Gaelic and Irish.


  • 12th-17th cent.


28 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

Latin, English, French, Gaelic, Middle English, Anglo-Norman, and Irish

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Fairfax 2].
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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Fairfax 2-29

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12948

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Fairfax, 3rd Baron Fairfax (1612-1671) was a general. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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 Nos. 3882-3909.

Our best descriptions for medieval items in this collection are in Medieval Manuscripts in Oxford Libraries under MSS. Fairfax.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was bequeathed to the Library by Thomas Fairfax in 1671.
Fairfax Manuscripts
Emily Tarrant
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom