Ussher Manuscripts

Scope and Content

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

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.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

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.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

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. 27610-17.