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MS 107: Composite manuscript including twenty-four texts, 13th-14th century

Identifier: MS 107


Contains twenty-four texts, in two different hands. This manuscript was made in England and dates from the 13th-14th century; the texts are various religious tracts in Latin, Old French, and Middle English.

Flyleaves: Unidentified Latin text and the start of a Contents list in a 17th-century hand

ff. 1r-28v: De Miseria Condicionis Humane (On the wretchedness of the human condition) by Pope Innocent III

ff. 28v-30r: Questio de aperta negligentia corporis et sanguinis Dominus Noster Jesus Christus (a religious text on the body and blood of Christ)

ff. 30r-34r: Formula vitae honestae (Rules for an Honest Life) by Martin of Braga

ff. 34v-60v: De claustro animae (The Cloister of the Soul) by Hugh of Fouilloy

ff. 61r-62v: Historia Scholastica by Petrus Comestor [fragment]

ff. 62v-68r: Gerlandus ex libro magistri franconis legiensis

ff. 68r-70v: Hanc recapitulationem placuit venerabili Bede presbitero ob memoriam multorum conservandam breviter recapitulari

f. 70v: Unidentified dissertation on the differences between angels, demons, and men

ff. 71r-90r: Unidentified tract about animals

ff. 90v-95v: The Story of the Cross from the Legenda Aurea

ff. 95v-96v: Unidentified text on the Apostles

ff. 97r-109r: Peniteas Cito by William de Montibus, with gloss

ff. 109v-112r: Unidentified text on the Seven Deadly Sins

ff. 112r-120v: Latin Form of Confession

ff. 120v-122v: Si scienter by Robert Grosseteste

ff. 122v-130r: The Ten Commandments, Articles of Faith, Seven Sacraments, Seven Deadly Sins

ff. 130r-166r: De Confessione, Contritione

f. 166v: French Form of Confession

ff. 167r-173v: Tract on Contrition attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux

ff. 174r-176v: Unidentified treatise

ff. 177r-178v: Meditation on the Lord's Prayer

f. 179r-179v: Calculations for date of Easter

ff. 179v-182v: The Form of Perfect Living by Richard Rolle [fragment]

ff. 183r-192v: Summa de Confessione

The texts are described separately under MS 107/ff. 1r-28v; MS 107/ff. 28v-30r; MS 107/ff. 30r-34r; MS 107/f. 34v-60v; MS 107/ff. 61r-62v; MS 107/ff. 62v-68r; MS 107/ff. 68r-70v; MS 107/f. 70v; MS 107/ff. 71r-90r; MS 107/ff. 90v-95v; MS 107/ff. 95v-96v; MS 107/ff. 97r-109r; MS 107/ff. 109v-112r; MS 107/ff. 112r-120v; MS 107/ff. 120v-122v; MS 107/ff. 122v-130r; MS 107/ff. 130r-166r; MS 107/f. 166v; MS 107/ff. 167r-173v; MS 107/ff. 174r-176v; MS 107/ff. 177r-178v; MS 107/ff. 179r-179v; MS 107/ff. 179v-182v; and MS 107/ff. 183r-192v.


Written partly in late 13th-century Gothic script (ff. 1-166), partly in English 14th-century hand (ff. 167-192). The earlier part has blue and red filigree initials.


  • Creation: 13th-14th century

Language of Materials

Latin; Old French; Middle English

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

This is probably an English manuscript, the latter part, from f. 167, being unmistakably English script of the 14th century. A 17th-century hand has written part of a list of contents on the verso of the first fly-leaf. This could be the hand of Robert Cotton.

In her Descriptive Catalogue of the Western Mediaeval Manuscripts in Edinburgh University Library, Catherine Borland has argued that the signature G. (or C.) E. Alva appears on f. 1 (see p. 170). She says that in Anderson's short catalogue of the Laing manuscripts, it is stated that the Erskine arms are inserted, but, if this was the case, the book-plate has since been lost. She further argues that it is nevertheless clear that it belonged to the Alva family, and it occurs in Lord Alva's Press Catalogue (see La.III.755).

Further study has suggested that this signature is in fact that of G. Carew , 1st Earl of Totnes.

Previous reference

Laing 50

Previous title

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


Bloomfield, Morton W. “A Preliminary List of Incipits of Latin Works on the Virtues and Vices, Mainly of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Centuries.” Traditio vol. 11 (1955): pp. 334, 337.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Modern, blue morocco, gold tooling (cf. No. 181), lettered 'Tractatus Varii Lat. et Gall, ms.'

Collation: a12-e12, f10, g12, h12, i16, k12 -n12, o8-r8, s2=192.


17.78 cm x 12.07 cm


Secundo folio: superbis

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 192, double columns, 32-37 lines to a page to f. 166; single columns, 22 lines to a page, from f. 167 onwards

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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