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Collection Level Description: Ussher Manuscripts

Reference: MSS. Add. A. 379-80, C. 296-300; Auct. T. 5. 30
Title: Ussher Manuscripts
Dates of Creation: 17th cent.
Extent: 8 shelfmarks

Language of Material: Latin, English, and Ancient Greek

Administrative/Biographical History

James Ussher (1581-1656) was Archbishop of Armagh, and a biblical scholar and historian. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

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

Administrative Information

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.

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Further Information

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. 27610-17.

Access Points

Church history


Ussher | James | 1581-1656 | Archbishop of Armagh, biblical scholar, and historian

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