Book of Dimma. IE TCD MS 59 Public Deposited

Book of Dimma. IE TCD MS 59

Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 59 ; former shelfmark: A.4.23
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  • 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.
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Date Created
  • circa 751-799
  • IE TCD MS 59, the Book of Dimma, is an 8th-century Irish pocket gospel book of 74 folios in Irish minuscule script from the Abbey of Roscrea (founded by St. Cronan) Co. Tipperary, Ireland. In addition to the four Gospels, it has an order for the Unction and Communion of the Sick. There are a number of illuminated initials, three Evangelist portrait pages and one page with an Evangelist's symbol. It is signed by its scribe, Dimma MacNathi, at the end of each of the Gospels. At the end is a quatrain in Irish. A shrine made for the codex in the 12th century and altered in the late 14th-early 15th century. It was rebound for the Library in 1957 by Roger Powell in wooden boards and modern vellum; and was disbound for conservation in 2016. Please see the Manuscripts & Archives Research Library’s catalogue entry for the manuscript here:
  • Probably written at the monastery of Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Shrine made in the 12th century and altered in the late 14th-early 15th century. William Meagher, Roman Catholic priest of Roscrea; by descent to Rev. Philip Meagher, Roman Catholic Vicar of Nenagh; lent to Dr Thomas Harrison of Nenagh, Co. Tipperary; unlawfully sold by him to Henry Monck Mason sometime before 1816; bought sometime before 1826 by Sir William Betham who attempted to sell it on 4 July 1830, lot 444; bought from him by Trinity College Dublin on 29 March 1836 (for either £150 or £200). Shrine further altered in the 19th century, including the addition of an inscription on the back: ‘The inclosed [sic] Copy of the Four Gospels was written by Dimma the son of Nathi who died about A. D. 620’.
  • Bank of America Merryl Lynch
Resource type
  • ink
  • vellum (parchment)
  • Irish
Digital Object Id
  • MS59_001
  • 0124438


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