Fairfax Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Fairfax 2-29
  • Dates of Creation
      12th-17th century
  • Language of Material
      Latin, English, French, Gaelic or Scottish Gaelic, Middle English (1100-1500), and Irish.
  • Physical Description
      28 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

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.

Administrative / Biographical History

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

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

The collection was bequeathed to the Library by Thomas Fairfax in 1671.


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 II Nos. 3882-3909.