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CLA 276
  • Dublin Ireland Trinity College MS 60 (A. I. 15)
Script Irish Minuscule
Date VIII² (751 - 800)
Origin and Provenance

Written in Ireland, probably at Tech-Moling, now St Mullins, Co. Carlow. The subscription at the end of St John names Mulling as the scribe. The identification with St Moling (†696), the founder of the Monastery, seems palaeographically unlikely. All the leaves in this MS were found in the cumdach, which has for generations belonged to the Kavanagh family. The MS was deposited in Trinity College at the end of the eighteenth century. It is now the property of the College.

CLA Vol. 2
TM Number TM 66362
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Contents Testamentum Novum, Evangelia (Vetus Latina, Mt 26.42–27.35, Mc 1.1–4.8, 5.18–6.35).
Name Book of Mulling. Liber Moliensis.
Script Commentary

Written by several scribes. Script is a deft Irish minuscule with many cursive elements: e in ligature has the curious reversed lower bow; st occurs in ligature, superior a in combination resembles letter e. The script of St John has a distinct resemblance to that of the Gospel fragments which were found with the Book of Mulling (see next item). Capitals project considerably into the margin. Some Greek letters are used: πostea. The pious formula 'In nomine sanctae trinitatis' is found in the upper margin of some pages. Important liturgical additions in Irish minuscule on foll. 49v, 50, and (with a plan of Tech-Moling) 94v.


☛CLA first-edition date (VII ex) and provenance (arguing that the subscription on fol. 94r was written by St Moling) changed to follow second edition. ☛McGurk, Gospel books no. 90.

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