London, British Library, MS Cotton Vitellius F xi Irish psalter

  • Latin
  • s. x
  • Irish manuscripts
  • parchment

Psalter thought to have been produced in Ireland in the early 10th century. It suffered in the fire at Ashburnham House in 1731, although important work was undertaken in the 19th century to salvage the burnt leaves. An Irish colophon, now lost but known through a transcript by James Ussher, includes a prayer for one Muiredach, who has been identified with the Muiredach mac Domnaill who was abbot of Mainistir Buite (Monasterboice) and died in 923.

Collection: Cotton manuscripts
Cotton Vitellius F xi
Provenance and related aspects
s. x
Early 10th century (Henry, Westwood).
Origin, provenance
Origin: ass. with Muiredach mac Domnaill [abbot]Muiredach mac Domnaill ... abbot
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Hands, scribes
Codicological information
State of existence
59 ff.
Palaeographical information
Category: Insular half-uncial


Secondary sources (select)

McNamara, Martin, “The psalms in the Irish church: the most recent research on text, commentary and decoration - with emphasis on the so-called Psalter of Charlemagne”, in: Martin McNamara, The Psalms in the early Irish Church, 165, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000. 143–238.
153 ff
OʼSullivan, Anne, “The colophon of the Cotton psalter (Vitellius F XI)”, The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 96 (1966): 179–180.
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.
646 [id. 478.]
Henry, Françoise, “Remarks on the decoration of three Irish psalters”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 61 C (1960–1961): 23–40.
Westwood, John O., Facsimiles of the miniatures and ornaments of Anglo-Saxon & Irish manuscripts, London: B. Quaritch, 1868.
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85–86 + plate 51 + figs. 5 an 6
Westwood, John O., “On the peculiarities exhibited by the miniatures and ornamentations of ancient Irish illuminated manuscripts”, Archaological Magazine 7 (1850): 17–25.
Planta, Joseph, Catalogue of the manuscripts in the Cottonian Library, deposited in the British Museum, London: The British Museum, 1802.
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Given as Desideratur.

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