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Composite manuscript including two texts, early 14th century; early 15th century

Identifier: MS 27
f. 239v
f. 239v


Contains two texts bound together, in five different hands.

The manuscript is a Sarum Breviary with a full Sarum Litany, and a Kalendar. This is in four different hands.

Additionally, and ff.231v-232v feature a Chronicle of Scottish History.

The texts are described separately, under MS 27/ff. ir-iiv, 231v-232v and MS 27/ff. 1r-482v.


The script is good and uniform. The chronicle section, on ff. i-ii and ff. 231v-33 is one hand, and the Breviary is in four additional hands.


  • Creation: early 14th century; early 15th century

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

The manuscript was described in c. 1724 by Thomas Innes, who had rediscovered it at Drummond Castle, the seat of the family of Perth. Later the manuscript was the property of Sir William Drummond of Logiealmond who gave it to David Laing (Breviarum Aberdonense, Bann. Cl. Preface p. xix, note 1). Laing bequeathed it to Edinburgh University Library in 1878.

Previous reference

Laing 26

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Breviary

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum.

Binding: Modern

Collation: a6, b10, c12-t12, v13, x10 y12-A12, B4, C5 (wants I), D12-C12, V2=482


19.05 cm X 12.70 cm


Secundo folio: conditor alme

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff.482 (+2 fly leaves), double columns, 39 lines to a page, 13 lines of music.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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