Fonds NLW MSS 4631-4695. - The Stokes-Meyer facsimiles of Irish Manuscripts,

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Reference code

NLW MSS 4631-4695.


The Stokes-Meyer facsimiles of Irish Manuscripts,


  • [1875x1919]. (Creation)

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Extent and medium

65 vols.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Whitley Stokes (1830-1909), lawyer and Celtic scholar, qualified as a barrister in 1855 and worked in a legal capacity in India from 1862 to 1882. He is most famous, however, as a Celtic scholar, having studied Irish, Breton and Cornish texts and published numerous works in this field. He obtained many honourary degrees and was a Fellow of the British Academy. Kuno Meyer (1858-1919), of Hamburg, was a Celtic philologist, an accomplished linguist and translator and noted also as a poet. He made the Irish language the great passion of his life, encouraging its regeneration through the learning and maintenance of the tongue and, in 1903, founding a school of Irish studies and scholarship.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acquisition; 1922

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Scope and content

A collection, [1875x1919], made by Whitley Stokes and Kuno Meyer of photographic facsimiles of Irish manuscripts, or of Latin manuscripts containing Irish glosses, etc.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 4631-4695.

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Language of material

  • iri
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

Irish, Latin.

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

The descriptions, with a detailed index, are also available in the Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume II (Aberystwyth, 1951).

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Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

See also the collection of Kuno Meyer's Irish MS Copies house in University College of North Wales, Bangor.

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Preferred citation: NLW MSS 4631-4695.

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Rules and/or conventions used

This description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH.


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Dates of creation revision deletion

September 2005.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following source was used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume II (Aberystwyth, 1951);

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  • Text: The Stokes-Meyer Facsimiles of Irish Manuscripts.