Book of Deer

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Book of Deer

Post  msistarted on Wed Oct 27, 2010 11:47 pm

The Book of Deer (Cambridge University Library, MS. Ii.6.32) is a 10th-century Latin Gospel Book from Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, with early 12th-century additions in Latin, Old Irish and Scottish Gaelic. It is most famous for containing the earliest surviving Gaelic literature from Scotland. The origin of the book is uncertain, however, it may be the oldest surviving manuscript produced in Scotland (although see Book of Kells), and is notable for having originated in what is now considered a Lowland area. The book has 86 folios and measures 54 mm by 107 mm. It is in a modern binding. It is written on vellum in brown ink.

The Book of Deer has been in the ownership of the University of Cambridge's library since 1715, when the library of the Bishop of Ely and Norwich (East Anglia) was presented to the university by King George I[1]. Prior to this is it is likely that the book was in the possession of the headmaster of St Paul's School, London

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