Lives of Saints, etc. IE TCD MS 174 Public Deposited

Lives of Saints, etc. IE TCD MS 174

Alternative title
  • IE TCD MS 174
Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 174
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Publisher location
  • England
Date Created
  • between approximately 1078-1125
Physical extent
  • ii, 124 folios
  • 280mm x 170mm (maximum)
  • IE TCD MS 174, Lives of Saints, etc. is a passional (imperfect) from around 1078-1125, featuring a collection of lives of saints (legenda sanctorum) for liturgical readings throughout the year. Written at Old Sarum sometime between the late 11th and early 12th centuries and formed part of the foundation collection of Salisbury Cathedral. The passional was originally compiled in four volumes, listed as item nos. 157-160 in the 1622 catalogue of the cathedral library produced by Patrick Young (1584-1652), royal librarian to Kings James I and Charles I of England. The three companion volumes are now housed by Salisbury Cathedral as MSS 221-223 (formerly Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Fell 1-4). Salisbury MSS 221 and 223 mainly represent the liturgical calendar from January to June, MS 222 represents July to October, and TCD MS 174 represents mainly April to December. The multi-volume passional may have been copied in stages from an earlier model produced between the mid-11th and early 12th centuries at Worcester Cathedral Priory (surviving volumes now London, British Library MS Cotton Nero E I and Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 9) (T. Webber, 'Scribes and Scholars at Salisbury Cathedral c. 1075-c. 1125' (Oxford, 1992), 40). Foliation: ii+124 leaves (i-ii, 124 are medieval parchment flyleaves). In Latin and Old English. For further information see the Maunscripts & Archives Research Library’s catalogue entry for the manuscript here: See also the Library's blog piece, written by Dr. Alison Ray, 'A Manuscript's Journey Through the English Civil Wars' to learn more about IE TCD MS 174's life prior to arriving in Trinity College:
  • Former shelfmarks: Lyon: B.4.3 ; Bernard: 478 ; Foley: H.5 ; c1670: N.1.8 ; Ussher: HHH.53
  • Rebound 1987 in modern vellum.
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  • This description was adapted (2021) from the following sources:T.K. Abbott, 'Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin' (Dublin, 1900), no. 174N.R. Ker, 'Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon', (Oxford, 1957), 143N.R. Ker, 'Medieval Libraries of Great Britain', Royal Historical Society, second edition, (London, 1964), 171M.L. Colker, 'Trinity College Library Dublin Descriptive Catalogue of the Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Manuscripts' (Aldershot, 1991), no. 174T. Webber, 'Scribes and Scholars at Salisbury Cathedral c. 1075-c. 1125' (Oxford, 1992), 40, 70, 143 and 158Peter Hoare, 'Salisbury Cathedral Library Catalogue of Manuscripts: A Provisional Upgrade of the 1880 Catalogue by Sir Edward Maunde Thompson' (Salisbury, 2019), 186-191J. Scattergood, with N. Pattwell and E. Williams, 'Trinity College Library Dublin: A Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Middle English and Some Old English' (Dublin, 2021), 106For TCD MS 174 see M. Esposito, 'On Two Hagiographical Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin', in 'The Journal of Theological Studies', vol. 14, no. 53 (1912) 74-77; P. Grosjean, 'Catalogus codicum hagiographicorum latinorum bibliothecarum Dubliniensium' in 'Analecta Bollandiana' 46 (1928) 88-91; N.R. Ker, 'Salisbury Cathedral Manuscripts and Patrick Young's Catalogue', in 'The Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine', 53 (1949-50), 153-183; B. Colgrave (ed.), 'Felix's Life of Saint Guthlac' (Cambridge, 1956) 42-43; N.R. Ker, 'Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Anglo-Saxon', (Oxford, 1957), 143; N.R. Ker, 'Medieval Libraries of Great Britain', Royal Historical Society, second edition, (London, 1964), 171; J. Roberts, 'An inventory of early Guthlac materials', in 'Mediaeval Studies' 32 (1970) 198-199; F. Römer, 'Die handschriftliche Überlieferung der Werke des heiligen Augstinus', Bd. ii/2 (Grossbritannien und Irland) in Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Phil.-Hist. Kl., 'Sitzungsbericht' 276 (Vienna, 1972), 330-334, 331; N.R. Ker, 'Beginnings of Salisbury Cathedral Library', in 'Medieval Learning and Literature: Essays Presented to Richard William Hunt', (eds.) J.J.G. Alexander and M.T. Gibson, (Oxford, 1976), 24; H. Gneuss, 'A preliminary list of manuscripts written or owned in England up to 1100', in 'Anglo-Saxon England' 9 (1981) 16; N.R. Ker, 'Books, Collectors and Libraries: Studies in the Medieval Heritage' (London, 1985), 144, 176 n. 1, 182-183, 195, 202-203; T. Webber, 'Salisbury Cathedral and the Exon Domesday: some observations concerning the origin of Exeter Cathedral MS 3500', in 'English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700', 1 (1989) 13; I. Machielsen, 'Clavis Patristica Pseudegraphorum Medii Aevi, Pars Homiletica', vol. 2, Corpus Christianorum, Series Latina IB, (1990), 726; D.N. Dumville, 'Liturgy and the Ecclesiastical History of Late Anglo-Saxon England', (Woodbridge, 1992), 140; T. Webber, 'Scribes and Scholars at Salisbury Cathedral c. 1075-c. 1125' (Oxford, 1992), 40, 70, 143 and 158; W. O'Sullivan, 'Binding Memories of Trinity Library', in 'Decantations: A Tribute to Maurice Craig', (ed.) A. Bernelle, (Dublin, 1992) 171; M. Lapidge, 'Anglo-Latin Literature 900-1066', (London, 1993), 481; M.D. Reeve, review of M.L. Colker, 'Trinity College Library Dublin, Descriptive Catalogue of the Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin Manuscripts', in 'The Journal of Ecclesiastical History', 45 (1994) 690; R. Gameson in 'Canterbury and the Norman Conquest', (eds.) R. Eales and R. Sharpe, (London, 1995), 106 n.40; P.J. Lucas, '116. Dublin, Trinity College 174 (B. 4. 3)', in 'Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Microfiche Facsimile', vol. 5: 'Latin Manuscripts with Anglo-Saxon Glosses' (Tempe, AZ., 1997), 11-23; R. Gameson, 'The Manuscripts of Early Norman England (c. 1066-1130)', (Oxford, 1999) 78; 'Medioevo latino' 21 (2000) no. 11976; R. Sharpe, 'A Handlist of the Latin Writers of Great Britain and Ireland before 1540', Publications of the Journal of Medieval Latin 1, (2001) 117; B.A. Blokhuis, 'De vitae van de Angelsakische heiligen van Ely in de twaalfde eeuw', (Groningen, 2004) 467 n.251; C. Lanéry, 'La Passion de Théodora et Didyme: Édition des traductions latines BHL 8072 et 8073', in 'Analecta Bollandiana', 122, 1 (2004), 33-49; M. Lapidge in 'La trasmissione dei testi latini del medioevo', (eds.) P. Chiesa and L. Castaldi, (Florence, 2004), 138; H. Gneuss and M. Lapidge, 'Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts: A Bibliographic Handlist of Manuscripts and Manuscript Fragments Written or Owned in England up to 1100' (Toronto, 2014), no. 215.A description of TCD MS 174 appears on the website of 'The Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220', a collaborative project between the University of Leicester and the University of Leeds (2005-2010): [Date accesed: 26 June 2018].Record entry (Young 160) for TCD MS 174 on Medieval Libraries of Great Britain (MLGB3) online: [accessed 4 May 2021].
Finding aid
  • IE TCD MS 174 begun at Old Sarum Cathedral following the first establishment of canons by St Osmond, bishop of Salisbury (r. 1078-1099) with ownership demonstrated by Old English inscription on flyleaf (i), ‘of searbyrig ic eom’ (I am of Salisbury), in English Vernacular minuscule hand. The MS is listed as item no. 160, ‘Vita et miracula S. Andreae’, on Patrick Young’s 1622 catalogue of Salisbury Cathedral manuscripts. The volume remained at Salisbury until it was borrowed in 1640 as the fifth of six manuscripts by The Most Reverend James Ussher, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (r. 1625-1656), as evident from a memorandum now at Salisbury: ‘Bookes borrowed out of the Library of that Church of Sarum for the use of the Lord Primate of Ireland: and delivered by Dr. Baylie dean of the Church unto his Grace...The fifth beginning thus. Incipiunt capitulae de libro Miraculorum sancti Andreae. And ending - Qui nos ad principium huius diei peruenire fecisti, tua nos’. The memorandum is followed by an acknowledgement of the receipt of the six books, signed by Ussher and dated 30 September 1640 (N.R. Ker, ‘Books, Collectors and Libraries: Studies in the Medieval Heritage’ (London, 1985), 181). In quoting the end of the text as it now appears (123v), the memorandum shows that the injury to the leaf had existed in the time of Ussher. The volume was then reportedly stolen from Ussher’s house in Chelsea in 1643, but later recovered and returned to Ussher (Ker o.c., 182-183). MS features the shelfmark of Ussher’s book collection, ‘HHH.53’ on flyleaf (ii). The Ussher library was gifted by King Charles II to Trinity College Dublin in 1661.
  • Digitisation work was made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Resource type
  • ink
  • vellum (parchment)
  • parchment (animal material)
  • English
Digital Object Id
  • MS174_001
  • 0152375


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