|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.
|TM Number||TM 66358|
|Contents||Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vetus latina, Mt, Mc, Lc, Io).|
|Name||Garland of Howth. Codex Usserianus Secundus. (r²)|
Script is a late Irish majuscule with some minuscule elements: d, n, R, S are the regular forms; Ꝺ 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.
|Last modified||30 April 2019|