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.
- Creation: 12th-17th century
3.08 Linear metres (28 boxes)
Language of Materials
- Gaelic; Scottish Gaelic
- English, Middle (1100-1500)
- Romance languages
Latin, English, French, Gaelic, Middle English, Anglo-Norman, and Irish
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Fairfax 2].
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.
MS. Fairfax 1 (SC no. 3881): Under this number the O.C. [Old Catalogue?] alludes to the Dodsworth collection, catalogued as SC nos. 4143-5101. There is thus no MS. Fairfax 1.
- Fairfax Manuscripts
- Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2020 by Alice Whichelow
- EAD version 2020
- Language of description
- Script of description