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CLA 272
  • Dublin Ireland Trinity College MS 56 (A. IV. 6)
Script Irish Majuscule
Date VIII–IX (780 - 820)
Origin and Provenance

Written in Ireland. Was found on the island 'Ireland's Eye', near Howth. It has recently been shown that there is no evidence for linking this MS to James Ussher; see the preceding item.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66358
Support Parchment
Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vetus latina, Mt, Mc, Lc, Io).
Name Garland of Howth. Codex Usserianus Secundus.
Script Commentary

Script is a late Irish majuscule with some minuscule elements: d, n, R, S are the regular forms; and N seem reserved for initials; a is flat-topped; z has the typically Irish form; ligatures are rare; at line-ends ent with subscript t occurs. There is considerable variety of script; a much more angular and compressed hand, with the top of h bending to the left, appears on fol. 74; the size of the script varies greatly, as does the number of lines; the scribe was guided only slightly by ruling. Occasionally at the beginning of sentences the capital is followed by several letters decreasing from large to normal.


☛CLA first-edition date (VIII²–IX) and provenance ('Later belonged to James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh 1624–55, and from him passed to Trinity College in 1661.') changed to follow second edition.

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