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Library Place London
Library Name British Library
Shelfmark MS Harley 3376
Folio Range Whole MS (94 fols)
Date X ex. or XI 1/2 (probably around AD 1000)
  • Western England
  • Worcester (?)



Glossary of rare Latin words from abacus to fu, related to the Épinal-Erfurt Glossary and containing many glosses in Old English, as well as two glosses in either Old Cornish or Old Breton.

Old Breton Materials Yes
Irish / Hiberno-Latin materials Yes
Connection with Brittany

Other fragments of this substantial glossary can be found in the MSS Lawrence, University of Kansas, Spencer Research Library, Pryce P2A: 1, and Oxford, Bodleian Library, Lat. misc. a. 3., fol. 49. This MS was certainly written in England, probably at Worcester. Lapidge (1992: 103) has pointed out that, in addition to including much Anglo-Saxon textual material, its compiler(s) also used 'materials of non-English origin, for buried among the English and Latin interpretamenta are some of Breton or Cornish origin.' Indeed, Lapidge (ibid., n. 45) draws attention to the presence of two Brittonic glosses (guohioc, gl. corupeta at fol. 43r, and petelleriou, gl. cuple at fol. 48v; cf. Ker 1957: 313) which could equally be Old Cornish or Old Breton. For the possible use of Hiberno-Latin, or perhaps more generally Celtic-Latin, sources on the part of the compiler(s) of this glossary, see Herren 1992.

Number(s) in Bischoff's Katalog n/a
Essential bibliography

ASM 359 (§436); British Library Digitised Manuscripts; Cooke 1997; Gretsch 1999: 314 (n. 163); Herren 1992; Ker 1957: 312–13 (§240); Lapidge 1992: 103–4; OHLP 949–50; Oliphant 1966.

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