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Harleian Genealogies

Harleian genealogies
Author(s) anonymous
Language Latin
Date 10th century
Manuscript(s) British Library, Harleian MS 3859 (c. 1100-1200)
Genre genealogical collection

The Harleian genealogies are a collection of Old Welsh genealogies preserved in British Library, Harleian MS 3859. Part of the Harleian Collection, the manuscript, which also contains the Annales Cambriae (Recension A) and a version of the Historia Brittonum, has been dated to c. 1100, although a date of c.1200 is also possible.[1] Since the genealogies begin with the paternal and maternal pedigrees of Owain ap Hywel Dda (d. 988), the material was probably compiled during his reign.[1] The collection also traces the lineages of less prominent rulers of Wales and the Hen Ogledd or Old North. Some of the genealogies re-appear in the genealogies of Jesus College MS. 20.


Secondary sources

  • Siddons, Michael. "Genealogies, Welsh." In Celtic Culture. A Historical Encyclopedia, ed. John T. Koch. 5 vols. Santa Barbara et al., 2006. pp. 800-2. Watkin, M., ‘The Chronology of the Annales Cambriae and the Liber Landavensis on the basis of their Old French Graphical Phenomena', National Library of Wales Journal XI [1960], no.3, 181-226. Remfry, P.M., 'Annales Cambriae. A Translation of Harleian 3859; PRO E.164/1; Cottonian Domitian, A 1; Exeter Cathedral Library MS. 3514 and MS Exchequer DB Neath, PRO E.164/1 (ISBN 1-899376-81-X).


  • . A copy of this text is reproduced on-line at Full-text resources for ‘Dark Age’ history, Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews.
  • Bartrum, P.C. (tr.). Early Welsh Genealogical Tracts. Cardiff: UWP, 1966. Edited versions of this translation appear at and .

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