Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodl. 123

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Repository:Bodleian Library
Idno:Bodl. 123
AltName:SC 1986
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Date and Language
Date:s. xvex
Dialect:Scribe of ff. 1r line 8 to 6r line 5, 6v last 6 lines, 14v-16r line 11 - Scribal Dialect: Cheshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: not mapped. Scribe of ff. 6r-v - Scribal Dialect: Cheshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: not mapped. Scribe of f. 8r lines 9-16 - Scribal Dialect: Cheshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: not mapped (McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin, 1986, vol. 1, p. 146). Scribe of ff. 86v-97v - Scribal Dialect: Staffordshire. Linguistic Atlas Grid Reference: 383 349, LP 726 (McIntosh, Samuels, and Benskin 1986, vol. 4, p. 238).
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A mainly Latin manuscript with some English pieces collected and written by Thomas Urmston, chaplain of Lyme in Cheshire (1477-89). Minimal English content.

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Physical Description
Extent:218 x 145 mm
Collation: Collation unascertainable, the manuscript is too tightly bound. Catchwords ff. 32v, 40v, 120v, 125v.
Layout:Single columns without ruling. Frame occasionally ruled in dry point, for example ff. 86v-98r. Writing space: variable with an average of 170 x 125 mm.
Writing: Several scribes, perhaps each writing distinctive units of texts, but with several similar features and letter forms. Small cursive hand with extensive use of abbreviations in the Latin texts. The English text ff. 86v-98r is a small Secretary hand (between 1 and 2 mm body-height) with influence from Anglicana, especially in the alternation of double compartment and single compartment a. Widespread use of hairlines at the ends of descenders especially of , y, and f. Spacious ductus especially below the line of writing to accommodate the descenders.
Decoration:Some rubrics in red and tinted capital letter in red.
Binding: Not medieval. Size: 230 x 150 mm. Cover of brown leather on board.
Foliation:ff. i + 205 + ii.
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Provenance:A will in Latin on f. 6v is signed by Thomas Urmstone: 'Datum apud Bebynton... Quod Thomas Vrmyston capellanus' and dated 8 February 1477. The town of 'Bebyngton' (Bebington) is 3 miles south east of Birkenhead. Urmston is in Lancashire 5m south west of Manchester (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin, vol. 4, p. 238). Note on f. 97v associates Thomas Urmstone with Essex. Written in a sixteenth-century hand is: ' aw this book'.
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Record History
Catalogued and encoded: Rebecca Farnham, University of Birmingham, August 2003 and Orietta DaRold, University of Birmingham, June 2005.
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