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MS. Rawl. D. 1225

Summary Catalogue no.: 13957


(fol. 2, see also 10v)

Prose, added 14th century (?).

Incipit: Mittit ad virginem
(fol. 2v)

Note of rents payable to the light in the choir of St Chad's.

(fol. 3)

Obituary, added 14th century.

(fol. 9)

Sequence, added 14th century.

Incipit: Psallat celum plaudit tellus resurgenti domino

Pr. Analecta hymnica XL.84

(fol. 9v)

Lists of the (arch)bishops of Canterbury and Chester, late 12th century, continued respectively to 1278 to 1419.

(fol. 10)

List of the relics in the shrine of St Chad, in Latin and English, added 14th century.

(fol. 12)
Usuardus, Martyrologium

Martyrology with later additions (extracts given in the Quarto Catalogue) including obits and historical notes continuing to the sixteenth century.

(fol. 128)

Sequence, added 13th century.

Incipit: Flos excellens flos beatus

Pr. Analecta hymnica XL.79

(fol. 129)

Sequence, added 13th century.

Rubric: De sancta margareta
Incipit: Flos convallis est egressus

Pr. Analecta hymnica XL.246

(fol. 130–133)

Four leaves with the outlines of an obituary, written by the scribe of the martyrology, but used for additional pieces of chant.

Incipit: Alleluya. Matris Christi sunt amande Laudes nobis et cantande
(fol. 130v)
Incipit: Gloriosa dei cella
Incipit: Ave Dei genitrix Maria virgo, singularis nostre forma salutis
Incipit: Alleluya. Spes Maria peccatoris Actu menta crebris horis
(fol. 131)
Incipit: Salve signum sancte crucis
Incipit: Salve virgo sacra parens

Under the same melody.

(fol. 132)
Incipit: O vir magne pietatis Huc indulge tuis natis

To St Chad.

(fol. 132v)
Incipit: Virgo cruces tres tortores
(fol. 133)
Incipit: Ave Maria pretiosa gemma
(fol. 133v)
Incipit: O Edmunde singularis Signa ferens gratie

To St Edmund.

Language(s): Latin with a little Middle English (fol. 10)

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 1 + 133 + 1 fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 250 × 175 mm.


20 lines, written space 175 × 120 mm.

Musical Notation:

Square notation on staves of 4 or 5 lines.


Good initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 181)

Initials in red, yellow, green, and blue (fols. 15v, 25, 35, 43v, 53, etc.)

The title page (fol. 12) with large red capitals. Folded tags.


White leather on boards twice re-used, 14th century, first half; spine restored.

Accompanying Material

Fly leaves taken from a 13th-cent. noted choir breviary.


Origin: 12th century, third quarter, with additions late 12th century - 16th century, first half ; English, Shrewsbury, collegiate church of St Chad

Provenance and Acquisition

Use of St Chad, Shrewsbury.

Marginalia suggest that the manuscript remained at St Chad's until at least 1539.

Owned in the late 16th century by Henry Spelman (1564?-1641).

Richard Rawlinson, 1690–1755.

Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Description adapted (2018) from the following sources:
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 2: Office Books (typescript, 1957), p. 206
S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books (typescript, 1957), p. 115 [proses]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford , III (1973), no. 181 [decoration, binding]
W. D. Macray, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum Bibliothecæ Bodleianæ...viri munificentissimi Ricardi Rawlinson, J.C.D., codicum...complectens, Quarto Catalogues V, 5 fascicles, 1862–1900)

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (1 image from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2018-10-02: Revised description to include all information from van Dijk, Pächt and Alexander, and Watson.