Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Faddan More Psalter

In 2006, this parchment manuscript of the Psalms in Latin was unearthed in a peat bog in Ireland (ed.: as noted in ETC). Fortunately, the worker operating the backhoe had the good sense to immediately recover the manuscript with peat to prevent decay. The handwriting suggests a date in the eighth century. The National Museum of Ireland has more information available on its website; in particular, I recommend downloading the report by John Gillis and Anthony Read which includes a number of fascinating photographs and a description of how they are drying the moisture out of the manuscript.


  1. Thanks for th info Christian. Hope you're well bro.

  2. Thanks Marty, and the same to you!

  3. This Psalter, btw, may have originated at Birr, where a full replica of the Macregol Gospels resides in the library. (I have made a short note about this; see "Macregol Gospels" in the Files at the TC-Alternate group.)

    Yours in Christ,

    James Snapp, Jr.