Dublin, Royal Irish Academy, MS D ii 3 Gospel of John and Stowe Missal

  • Latin
  • s. viiiex-ix1
  • Irish manuscripts
Collection: Stowe and Ashburnham collection
The book shrine (cumhdach) is in the Irish National Museum.
D ii 3
Cat. no. 1238
Gospel of John and Stowe Missal
Provenance and related aspects
s. viiiex-ix1
The original text has been dated to the "last decade of the eighth or the first quarter of the ninth century" (Meeder).(1)n. 1 Sven Meeder, ‘The early Irish Stowe Missal’s destination and function’, Early Medieval Europe 13 (2005): 181.
Hands, scribes
Distinct units
ff. 1r-11v

Passages from the Gospel of John, written by a scribe who calls himself Sonid.

ff. 12r-67v

The Stowe Missal

Table of contents

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Sven Meeder, ‘The early Irish Stowe Missal’s destination and function’, Early Medieval Europe 13 (2005): 181.

Primary sources This section typically includes references to diplomatic editions, facsimiles and photographic reproductions, notably digital image archives, of at least a major portion of the manuscript. For editions of individual texts, see their separate entries.

[dig. img.] “Royal Irish Academy”, Anne-Marie OʼBrien, and Pádraig Ó Macháin, Irish Script on Screen (ISOS) – Meamrám Páipéar Ríomhaire, Online: School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 1999–present. URL: <>.
Warner, George F., The Stowe Missal: MS. D. II. 3 in the library of the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 2 vols, London: Henry Bradshaw Society, 1906–1915.
Internet Archive – vol. 1 (facsimile): <link> Internet Archive – vol. 1 (facsimile): <link> Internet Archive – vol. 2 (printed text): <link>
Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “The Irish passages in the Stowe Missal”, Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung auf dem Gebiete der indogermanischen Sprachen 26, Neue Folge 6 (1883): 497–519.
Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], The Irish passages in the Stowe Missal with some notes on the Orleans glosses, Calcutta: privately printed, 1881.
Internet Archive: <link>

Secondary sources (select)

Meeder, Sven, “The early Irish Stowe Missal’s destination and function”, Early Medieval Europe 13 (2005): 179–194.
Mulchrone, Kathleen, Thomas F. OʼRahilly, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, and A. I. Pearson, Catalogue of Irish manuscripts in the Royal Irish Academy, 8 vols, Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 1926–1970.  
8 volumes: Vol. 1, pp. 1–654 (fasc. 1-5) -- Vol. 2, pp. 655–1294 (fasc. 6-10) -- Vol. 3, pp. 1295–1938 (fasc. 11-15) -- Vol. 4, pp. 1939–2578 (fasc. 16-20) -- Vol. 5, pp. 2579–3220 (fasc. 21-25) -- Vol. 6, pp. 3221–3500 (fasc. 26-27) -- Vol. 7 (index 1) -- Vol. 8 (index 2).
Vol. 6, 3431 [id. 1238.]
Kenney, James F., “Chapter VII: Religious literature and ecclesiastical culture”, in: James F. Kenney, The sources for the early history of Ireland: an introduction and guide. Volume 1: ecclesiastical, Revised ed., 11, New York: Octagon, 1966. 622–744.
692–699 (§ 555) [id. 555.]
Zimmer, Heinrich, “Zum Stowe Missal”, Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung auf dem Gebiete der indogermanischen Sprachen 28, Neue Folge 8 (1887): 376–381.
Internet Archive: <link>
C. A., Dennis Groenewegen
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