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Various additions, mostly Scots verse, early 16th century

Identifier: MS 205/Scots
f. 181v
f. 181v


This entry contains details of the later additions to this manuscript, most of which are in Scots verse, that have been added to the fly-leaves and blank pages. They seem to have been added in the early 16th century.

f. ir (first fly-leaf, recto): Pen trials and inscriptions, including Johannes purde est presb[yteru]m and Preceptor coleis I comend me to ȝow als hartlie as I cann or may, latting ȝour M. to wit þat I haf part of floris plantit in ane fair erber of myne in brechyne.

f. iv (first fly-leaf, verso): Regula relationum subjecte (diagram).

f. iir (second fly-leaf, recto): Part of an indulgence.

ff. iiv-iiir (second fly-leaf, verso-third fly-leaf, recto): Extracts from Henryson's Fables, including the Prologue and Tale of the Cock and the Jewel. The first words are Thowcht fenȝeit fablis of auld poetry. The Colophon reads Qui scripsit scriptum capud ejus benedictum / Nomen scriptoris Johannes plenus amoris.

f. iiiv (third fly-leaf, verso): Inscription (Iste liber pertinet i. purde) and fourteen lines of verse, beginning O farest lady O swetast lady O blisful lady hewynnis quheyne.

f. 86v: Eight eight-line stanzas of religious verse beginning Compaciens perss rewcht and mercy stundis / In myddis myne hart and thirlis throw þe vaniss. The verses end with the lines My saul with sanctis suet salvatour rasaif / Sene þat þi passione purgit my traspass. Explicit, etc.

f. 87r, column 1: Six eight-line stanzas beginning Man hef in mynd and mend þi myss / Quhill þow art heir in lyf lyffand. The stanzas end with the lines þat he þe fra þe dewillis ta / And shild þe fra þe fendis plycht and the refrain, Memor esto nouissima.

f. 87r, column 2: Prais of Age by Henryson, a metrical version of the Lord's Prayer, and a Hail Mary.

Prais of Age by Henryson starts with the lines In tyl ane garth wnder ane reid roseir / And ald man and decrepit hard I syng and is 32 lines long.

The Lord’s Prayer starts with the line Almychty god our fader of hewyne abut and ends with Bot fra al ewil deliuer ws, amen.

The Hail Mary starts with the line Hail Mare goddis moder ful of grace and is 5 lines long.

f. 87v: A metrical version of the Creed, which starts with the line I trow in god þe fader almychty. It is 21 lines long, and ends with Ryss and syne lyf ay lestand lyf but wene.

f. 120v: Twenty-eight lines of Latin and Scots beginning Criste qui lux es et dies, O Jhesu crist þe verray lycht. This text ends with the line þat evirlestand ioy þat we may se in sempiterna secula, Amen.

f. 181v: The ressoning betwix age and ȝowth by Henryson. This manuscript contains stanzas 1-4 and 7 of this poem, which starts with the line Quhen fair flora þe goddas of al flowris and ends with O ȝowth be glaid in to þi flowris grene.

f. 183v: Ballat of Our Lady by Dunbar. This poem starts with the line Royss mary most of vertu virginall. It ends with þat I ma sing in hewyne apone my kne and the refrain, O mater Ihesu salue maria.

f. 187v: Glossary of Latin words beginning Hoc ydeoma, a leid and ending with delussico as to saw.

ff. 190r-190v: Rules of health and conduct beginning For hail of body keip fra cald þi heid and ending with To inferent Rycheast dyatry.

ff. 200v-201r: Religious verse beginning Herkynne wordis wonder gud / How Ihesu crist wes done one Rud. This verse ends with the line and gyf grace to se.

ff. 201v-202r: A contents list, titled Hic incipit ordo libri

f. 202v: Pen trials including various doggerel verses beginning De planctu cudo metrum cum carmine nudo and Comes de Dowglas alloquitur scotos/ Alloquitur Dowglas arma petentes / Sincubant in brevibus moravienses, with an inscription (Mabinus Makullog).

Final fly-leaf: Inscription (I. purde).


The additions are mostly in the same hand. It is probably early 16th century rather than late 15th century.


  • Creation: early 16th century

Language of Materials

Latin; Scots

Conditions Governing Access

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


13 folios

Repository Details

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