File Sotheby MS C2 [RESTRICTED ACCESS]. - A medical treatise in Welsh, &c.

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A medical treatise in Welsh, &c.


  • [16 cent., first ΒΌ]-[late 16 cent.] (Creation)

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121 ff. (paginated 1-242; old foliation (by openings) 1-10, 16-23, 27, 29-38, 40-55, 59-63, 65-67 on pp. 4-118 passim) ; 225 x 155 mm. and less.

Repaired and re-bound at NLW (previous parchment covers retained at end of volume)

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Archival history

'William ap Benett' (p. 3); 'Hughe ap William' (p. 1) and 'Hugh ap Willyam ap Bened' (p. 227); 'llyfer John ap Hugh ap William Bened' (p. 183); 'llyfr Sion ap Huw ap Wiliam ap Bened ap Rys o lan lidan 1616 yr xvj o Ionor' (p. 186).

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Scope and content

A sixteenth-century manuscript containing a medical treatise in Welsh, recipes, charms, and an astrological fragment; a treatise on uroscopy in English; poetry, including a cywydd by Ieuan Brydydd Hir (hynaf); 'Llythyr Aresdotlys [...] o gadwedigaeth korff dyn ac gavas ynte yn hemyl yr havl [...]' (pp. 228-237); and a prologue to a work which is called 'Compod' ('o herwydd I vod ef yn comprehendio [...] kompod Manuwel') (pp. 197-200).
The manuscript is written in several hands of the early to late sixteenth century, possibly including that of its original owner Bened ap Rhys (Bened Feddyg) of Llanelidan, Dyffryn Clwyd, as well as Tudur ab Elise (see p. 150).

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Conditions governing access

Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.

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Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English
  • Latin
  • Welsh

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Welsh, English, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Repaired at NLW with some loss of text, in particular pp. 23-30 (4 ff.) and 153-157 (2 ff.), which are stubs only. Leaves missing after pp. 46 (3), 48 (1), 68 (1), 100 (3) and 154 (1); leaves cut out after pp. 40 (1), 110 (1), 174 (2), 176 (3) and 184 (1).

Finding aids

William Marx, Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales (Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru), Aberystwyth, The Index of Middle English Prose, Handlist 14 (Cambridge, 1999), pp. 66-67.

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Available on microfilm at the Library.

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Publication note

W. Gerallt Harries, 'Bened Feddyg: A Welsh Medical Practitioner in the Late Medieval Period', in Wales and Medicine: An Historical Survey, ed. by John Cule ([London], 1975), pp. 169-184.

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No. 3 in NLW, Schedule of Sotheby Collection (1931)


Preferred citation: Sotheby MS C2.


Previously C.2.


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Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

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  • Microform: MEICRO SOTHEBY MS C2
  • Text: Sotheby MS C2 [RESTRICTED ACCESS] - Access to the original manuscript by authorised permission only. Readers are directed to use surrogate copies.