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Miscellaneous works, chiefly theological, written in the 12th and 13th centuries., 12th century-13th century.

Identifier: MS.6122

Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows.

(i) Part of the 'Historia scholastica' of Petrus Comestor, containing the history from II Maccabees ii to the end of the 'Historia evangelica', beginning 'Mortuo Simone qui ultimus quinque filiorum'; printed in ‘Patrologia Latina’, volume cxcviii, 1525-1644. (Folio 1.)

(ii) Commentary on the books of Kings, Tobit, Judith, Esther, Daniel, and Maccabees, beginning ‘Ozia lepra percusso in fronte'. It is apparently complete, but like Corpus Christi College Cambridge, MS.288, folio 111, ends at II Maccabees i. (Folio 52.)

(iii) Theological treatise, beginning 'Spiritus sanctus multiplex dicitur in quo tamen summa simplicitas est', and quoting from the works of Saints Augustine and Anselm. (Folio 65.)

(iv) Medical treatise, concerning humours, fevers, and other topics, beginning 'De medicinali scientia tractaturi ab eius divisions incipiamus'. There are a few erasures and later additions. For another manuscript of this text, see New College, Oxford, MS.171, folio 89. (Folio 78.)

(v) The treatise 'Speculum iuris canonici’ of Peter of Blois, canon and chancellor of Chartres. Printed in ‘Petri Blesensis opusculum de distinctionibus’ by T A Reimarus. (Folio 113.)

(vi) Collection of notes and maxims based on the Bible and patristic writings. (Folio 132 verso.)

(vii) Collection of notes on the 'Digest', beginning 'Initium esse spectandum contractus et causam'. (Folio 135.)

(viii) A legal treatise 'Summa de testibus magistri G', beginning 'Inter homines litium fata'. For another manuscript of this text see British Library, Egerton MS.2819, folio 3 verso. Written by two scribes. (Folio 142.)

(ix) Legal notes and maxims in several hands. (Folio 148.)

(x) 'Sententie collecte de libris leronimi, Ambrosii, Augustini de corpore Domini' (folio 150); beginning 'Beatus Ieronimus in epistola ad Ephesios. Duppliciter inquit. This is considerably longer than the version in Bibliothèque Nationale MS. latin 1858, folio 106 verso, and contains a section 'De corpore canonum'.

(xi) Tract on the canon of the Mass by Odo, Bishop of Cambrai; printed in ‘Patrologia Latina’, volume clx, 1053-1070. (Folio 166 verso.)

(xii) Tract on the Eusebian canons by Odo, Bishop of Cambrai; printed in ‘Patrologia Latina’, volume clx, 1117-1122. As in British Library Royal MS.11.B.II, folio 195 verso, there is no diagram. (Folio 181 verso.)

(xiii) Letter of Ivo, Bishop of Chartres, to Haimeric, Abbot of Anchin; printed in ‘Patrologia Latina’, volume clxii, 285-288. (Folio 184.)

(xiv) Short tracts by Richard of St Victor (folio 188). The author's name is not given. See ‘Repertorium Biblicum medii aevi’, numbers 7326, 7328, 7328(1). Some of them have been printed from manuscripts in the Bibliothèque Nationale by B Hauréau in ‘Notices et extraits de quelques manuscrits latins’, volume i; others are printed in ‘Patrologia Latina’, as follows:

Tract beginning 'Apprehendet messis'; Haurtéau, page 116 (folio 188); beginning 'Quid eis dabis'; Hauréau, page 118 (folio 188); beginning 'Sex sunt dies'; Hauréau, page 120 (folio 188 verso); beginning 'Sanctificamini hodie'; Haurtéau, page 120 (folio 189); beginning 'Vox letitie et exultationis'; ‘Patrologia Latina’, volume cxcvi, 343-344 (folio 189 verso); beginning 'Iusticia et pax; ‘Patrologia Latina’, volume cxcvi, 327-330 (folio 190); beginning 'Homo pacis mee'; ‘Patrologia Latina’, volume cxcvi, 321-322 (folio 191); beginning 'In medio annorum'; ‘Patrologia Latina’, volume cxcvi, 401-404 (folio 191 verso); beginning 'Post sex annos'; Hauréau, page 112 (folio 193 verso); beginning 'Tolle puerum...Mater'; Hauréau, page 115 (folio 194 verso); beginning 'Tolle puerum...Proles'; Haureau, page 115 (folio 195 verso); beginning 'Tolle inquit puerurm'; Hauréau, page 116 (folio 195 verso).

(xv) Five short anonymous tracts, possibly attributable to Richard of St Victor, beginning 'Post singularem domini et salvatoris' (folio 197 verso); 'Creavit Deus primum hominem ad imaginem et similitudinem suam ut iam hie ad imaginem intellectum habet' (folio 199); 'Quatuor sunt affectiones animi quibus efficitur' (folio 199 verso); 'Dominus et salvator noster precedebat filios Israelis' (folio 200); 'In Egipto nullus est liber' (folio 200 verso).

(xvi) The treatise 'De statu interioris hominis' of Richard of St Victor; imperfect, ending in the middle of chapter 24. Printed in ‘Patrologia Latina’, volume cxcvi, 1115-1133. (Folio 200 verso.)

Initials in green, red and blue, with headings in red. Sections iii and iv are in the same hand, as are sections x-xiii, and xiv-xvi. There are marginalia throughout, mostly in thirteenth-century hands.

On folio 51 verso is a partially erased contract, circa 1632, between Walter Scot and William Borthwick of Crookston, probably copied, circa 1804, by John Borthwick. An unidentifiable coat of arms has been sketched in the margins of folios 160 verso and 182.


  • Creation: 12th century-13th century.

Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.


211 Leaves ; 230 x 150 millimetres.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: Undetermined


211 folios.

Collation: 1-6⁸, 7⁴, 8⁸, 9⁴, 10-17⁸, 18⁴, 19², 20⁸ (-8), 21-25⁸, 26⁶, 27-29⁸.

Three series of quire-marks remain on gatherings 1-6, 10-15, and 16-18. Some catchwords.

Custodial History

The manuscript was bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

Contains the bookplate of John Borthwick of Borthwick and Crookston.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1946.


Hauréau, B. ‘Notices et extraits de quelques manuscrits latins’ (Paris, 1890-1893). Migne, J P. 'Patrologia Latina' (1841-1855). Reimarus, T A. ‘Petri Blesensis opusculum de distinctionibus’ (Berlin, 1837). ‘Repertorium Biblicum medii aevi’, edited by F Stegmüller (Madrid, 1940-1961).

Physical Description

Vellum. Bound in original boards, clasp missing.

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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