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Alphabetical Index, In The Cartulary Of Arbroath Abbey f.1r

Alphabetical Index, In The Cartulary Of Arbroath Abbey f.1r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1510

Shelfmark: Additional MS 33245

Item number: f.1r

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A cartulary (or chartulary) is a volume into which a collection of documents (charters) have been copied for safe-keeping and ease of reference. The documents usually relate to an institution's rights and properties -- things that they might need documentary proof of in future. This volume is the cartulary of Arbroath Abbey, in Angus, Scotland, where in 1320 the Declaration of Arbroath was signed to confirm Scotland's independence from England. The volume starts with an alphabetical index of the following text. The very first word of each entry on this page, each with a blue or red initial 'A', is 'Abyrbrothok', i.e. Arbroath.

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