Glasgow, Hunterian MS. 230

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  • Pressmark / Name of  Book: Glasgow Hunter 230
  • Matheson no.: 107
  • Date(s): early C15
  • Type of book: Brut Chronicle
  • Manuscript or print?: MS
  • No of items: 1
  • Contents: Brut chronicle, front flyleaf (iiir)- fol. 246r.
  • Writing support: parchment
  • Watermark?:
  • Book Construction: Folio, Quarto etc.
  • Collation:
    • No of leaves: vii + 246 + viii (front flyleaves: 2 marbled paper, 4 paper, 1 vellum, prob. original C15; back flyleaves: 2 original C15 vellum, 4 paper, 2 marbled paper); back flyleaves i-ii foliated 247, 248.
    • Blank leaves:
    • Quires: i7 (wants 1); ii-xxx8; xxxi7 (wants 1).
    • Foliation: modern, top left corner.
    • Composite MS? no
    • Booklets?: no
    • Catchwords? (on which fols?): 15v, 23v, 31v, 47v, 55v, 63v, 71v, 79v, 87v, 95v, 103v, 111v, 119v, 127v, 135v, 143v, 151v, 159v, 167v, 175v, 183v, 191v, 199v, 207v, 215v, 223v, 231v, 239v. 
    • Quire signatures? (where?): sigs. on leading edges, j-iiij, mostly trimmed.
    • Damage?:
  • Page layout:

a. ruling: (ink or drypoint?) frames and lines in ink; prickings visible.
b. columns: 1
c. lines: 33

  • Ink:
  • Dimensions:
    • front board:
    • Folio / page: 292mm x 203mm.
    • Writing space: 187mm x 124mm.
  • Binding: Faded crimson grained Russia over millboards; edges and sides tooled in gilt, panelled back; Hunter’s horn (crest of Dr. William Hunter) on top panel; title in gilt on black and light brown shields: ‘Cronycles of England MS’; rebacked in C20.
  • Decoration?:
  • Artist?:
  • No. of Scribes: 2: A: front flyleaf (iiir-v); B: fols. 1r-246r.
  • Named scribes?: no
  • Hand date; style; version; holograph, autograph?: A: late C17; B: C15 Anglicana with some secreatary forms: single-ascender ‘d’, double-compartment ‘a’ and ‘g’, Secretary ‘w’ and ‘v’ ‘r’-shaped ‘r’.
  • Hand, rubrication in other MSS?:
  • Compiler?:
  • Rubrication, sigla: 2-line solid caps in blue with red pen flourishing into margins; chapter headings and numbers, prob. in red; running titles (chapter numbers and names of kings); alternating red and blue paraphs in text; proper names underlined in red, or initials touched in red; side notes; catchwords in boxes.
  • Biobibliographical information: marginalia, glosses, signatures, compiler/ scribe / owner / authorial identification:
    • Front pastedown: bookplate of the Hunterian Library, Glasgow.
    • Front flyleaf (before i): pressmark.
    • 8v inverted: ‘after my herty’, ‘herty remembarens we […] from the honourable mistres maryane et [is?] [the?] treasurer of Jngland that […]’, C16; pen trials.
    •  109v inverted: ‘W. Winchester’, C16.
    • 110r inverted: ‘Hugo Clark’, C16-17.
    • 113v inverted: Edwad Clark’, C16-17; ‘Thomas Lyth’, C16-17.
    • 114r: ‘[Wm Mildmay?]’
    • 116v inverted: ‘Wm Mildmay’, C16.
    • 152v inverted: ‘[?]’, C16.
    • 176r: pen trials.
    • 187v inverted: ‘[?]’, C16; indenture, C16.
    • 228v inverted: ‘and awand’, C16, pen trials, C16.
    • 229v inverted: indenture, C16.
    • 236v inverted: ‘after my harty remembarans thes shalbe to desire you that vppon the first hereof ye wyll geue nother offer the lords of the sayd […?]’, C16.
    • 245v inverted: ‘Edward Clark [R?]itter’, C16-17; ‘hugo clarke’ (twice); cancelled marginalia; not inverted: ‘J am true jn dyede deus mess erere may J zowch’, C15-16.
    • 246r: ‘Jhu mercy quod zowch Be milde and jentyll and haue all at thy wyll quod zowch’, C15-16.
    • 246v: 9 lines of verse, beginning ‘O penfull harte that lyes in travvaill’ (IMEVS 2318), prayer or charm in Latin, ‘jhu’, pen trials, C15-16; inverted: indenture, C16.
    • 247r: maxim: ‘it is folly to byend a legase’, signed ‘quod Wyllughby’ C15-16; cancelled marginalia.
    • 247v: 1 line of verse: ‘O my hert quod compleynyng qwick is full hevy’, pen trials, C15-16 see fol. 246v.
    • 248r: maxims: signed: ‘quod Rychard Wylloughby’, C15-16.
    • 248v: maxims, see fol. 248r (Robbins/Cutler Supplement no. 1628.8, including Index nos. 77, 106.5, 1162.9, 2056, 2072.3); inverted: ‘the [porer?] and ferr[ewel?] thus j byd you fayre well from my house at London […]’, C16.
  • Glosses and underlining:
    • Maniculum on fol. 6v.
    • C15 gloss on fols. 49r.
    • C16 glosses on fols. 109v, 113v, 188v, 208, 224r, 240r, 241v.
    • C17-18 glosses on fol. 85r.
  • Immediate Ownership(s) / Patronage:
  • Later ownership(s): late C15 / early C16: Zouch family, Willoughby family, see Wedgwood, pp. 983-84.
  • Affiliations: (geo-)political, institutional etc:
  • Language(s); translation activities:
  • Dialect:
  • LALME vol., page, LP, grid no.:
  • Locality: region; household (secular/religious) urban / rural:

Intertextual relations:

  • Textual descent: Matheson ‘Extended Version’, group EV-1419:B. See Matheson, PB, pp. 188-190.
  • Evidence of exemplar: front flyleaf iii r-v is a repair to the text by Scribe A in late C17, he replaces the missing first fol. with text apparently taken from Glasgow Hunter MS 74, see PB, p. 189.
  • Intra-textual relations to texts in same MS:
  • Extra-textual to other books, texts, traditions:
  • Decoration:
  • Translation, language:


Credits and acknowledgments:

The description of this MS is from microfilm work  by J O’R supplemented by Hunterian Library [1] online catalogue, and Young & Henderson. Textual descent based on Matheson, PB.

Select Bibliography for this MS:



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University of Virginia MS 38-173

Secondary Texts:
Boffey, Julia, Manuscripts of English Courtly Love Lyrics in the Later Middle Ages (Woodbridge: Brewer, 1985), p. 124 and n. 33.

Wedgwood, J. C. History of Parliament: Biographies of Members of the Commons House, 1439-1509 (London: HMSO, 1936), pp. 983-84.

Young, John and Henderson Aitken P., A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow: James Maclehose, 1908).


If the missing portion of the original text (front flyleaf iii r-v) was supplied from Hunterian MS 74 as Matheson argues (PB, p. 189), then there must be late C17 connections between the two mss, according to Young and Henderson’s dating of the script of the repair; this date is too early for the two mss to have been in the possession of William Hunter (1718-83), so there may have been a connection between the mss, which could have led to them becoming part of the Hunterian collection in the C18.

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