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Scribal Colophon, In 'The Gospels Of Mael Brigte'

Scribal Colophon, In 'The Gospels Of Mael Brigte'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1138

Shelfmark: Harley MS 1802

Item number: f.60r

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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Although the main text is in Latin, there are a series of added notes in Irish at the end of each Gospel which provide the scribe's name: Mael Brigte Ua Mael Uanaig; his age: 28; the fact that he was writing in Armagh; and the date of completion: 1138. In the 13th century further academic notes were added, which suggest that the book was used for study in the new university of Paris. Following the end of the Gospel of Matthew is a three-line note providing the scribe's name and suggesting the date: 'Or(ait) do Maelbrigte q(u)i scribsit h(un)c libru(m) . . .' (Pray for Maelbrigte, who wrote this book. Great is the deed the Cormac mac Carthaig should have been slain by Tairdelbah O Briain.) Cormac MacCarthy was killed in 1138.

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