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Ussher Manuscripts


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Collections by Archbishop Ussher including material relating to ecclesiastical history of the British Isles, and chronology, sacred and classical.


  • Creation: 17th century


0.88 Linear metres (8 boxes)

Language of Materials

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

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Add. A. 379, fols. 1-2].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Add. A. 379-380, C. 296-300; Auct. T. 5. 30

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13428


Collections by Archbishop Ussher, 17th century.

Biographical / Historical

James Ussher (1581-1656) was Archbishop of Armagh, and a biblical scholar and historian. 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. V, nos. 27610-27617.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were presented to the Library by his grandson, James Tyrrell, but were first lent to Dr John Mill for use in his edition of the Greek New Testament. Mill placed them in the Library in the middle of June 1707.

Ussher Manuscripts
Collection Level Description by Emily Tarrant; EAD version 2020 by Pauline Soum-Paris
EAD version 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom