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MS 63: Psalter [incomplete], 15th century

Identifier: MS 63


This manuscript contains an incomplete psalter in Latin, written in the 15th century, and of Dutch origin. It contains from Psalm lxxx, Exultate Deo, to end of Psalter. The ferial anthems are included passim, and the chapters, hymns, versicles, responses, and collects of the ferial day hours are added in their places after the corresponding sections of Psalm cxviii, Beati immaculati (Prime, f. 62r; Tierce, f. 68r; Sext, f. 71r; Nones and Compline, f. 78r), in smaller lettering and closer lines, often with cues only. The hymn Iam Lucis precedes Psalm cxvii, f. 55v, and Quicumque vult follows the section Retribue of Psalm cxviii, f. 59r. The last folios contain the Confitebor tibi domine quoniam iratus, followed by the other five Canticles said on week-days at Laud, and musical notation of the eight Psalm tones.


Psalter: starts on f. 2r with the following words: Exultate deo aduitori nostro. And ends on f. 98r with the following words: laudet dominum.

Canticles: start on f. 98r with the following words: Confitebor tibi domine quoniam iratus. And end on f. 107v with the following words: Gloria patri et filio.

Notation of the eight Psalm tones: starts on f. 107v and ends on f. 108v.


The script, a rather compressed irregular Gothic, is probably Dutch.


The ornament consists of plain blue and red initials with three large filigree initials. red and blue, with red and purple filigree work, and one miniature.


Miniature: On a rectangular square of vellum, pasted on f. 1v, and surrounded by a double line of colour with feathery branch work springing from each corner, within a medallion, the ground of which is punctured silver, is the half-length figure of a bishop in blue chasuble, lined with green, with gold Y-shaped orphrey, red dalmatic showing underneath, a white mitre and yellow nimbus. No apparel is visible on the amice. He holds a crosier in his right hand and a heart in his left.


  • Creation: 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

Script and illumination, together with certain Dutch rubrics, e.g. Antiffen, suggest Dutch origin. There is no Kalendar or Litany or other indication of provenance. A sale entry in German, of late date, is pasted on the first fly-leaf.

Previous reference

D. b. III. 15.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Paper boards covered with a leaf of a 15th century theological manuscript in double columns.

Collation: a5, b8, c8, d3 (+2), e4, f8, g8, h4, i8-p8, q4=108.


15.24 cm x 11.43 cm


Secundo folio: audisset me

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 108, 16-18 lines to a page.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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