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MS. Rawl. liturg. c. 3

Summary Catalogue no.: 15858


Missal, Use of Sarum

Calendar (fol. 1) with some Franciscan feasts added; blessing of holy water (fol. 7); temporale (fol. 9v) with the baptism ritual on Holy Saturday (fol. 108), intonations of the Gloria (fol. 115), additional masses (fol. 116v), prefaces and canon (fol. 117v-25); sanctorale (fol. 165); common of the saints (fol. 211), incomplete at the beginning; votive masses of the Virgin, etc. (fol. 221v); marriage service (232v); servicium peregrinorum (fol. 235v); masses of the dead (fol. 237v); blessings (fol. 244). Addition: proser without music (fol. 245), masses of the Five Wounds (fol. 256), the Holy Name, the Visitation of the Virgin, and pro pestilentia vel morte (fol. 259: Recordare).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: i + 260 (261) + i fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 368 × 252 mm.
Dimensions (written): 250 × 168 mm.


Leaves missing after fol.120, 164, and 210


2 col. of 30 (canon 27) lines

Musical Notation:

Square notation on staves of 4 red lines, sometimes left blank.


Fine borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander iii. 791, pl. LXXIV)

Coloured initials on a gold background (fols. 7, 9v, 24v, 28v, 31, 126, 145, 151, 165 ect.), cut out on fol.140 and 151b.


Origin: c. 1400 ; English

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably from the parish church of St John, Strensham. In the calendar (13 July) ‘Obitus Roberti Russell[of Strensham, Worcs. ?] anno mº ccccº xxxº iijº’ (contemporary (?) addition); 10 Dec.: Dedicatio ecclesie de Duryst [probably Deerhurst in Gloucestershire, near Strensham] (15th cent. addition).

On fols. 256v and 260 members of the Carsy (?) family of Orleton (Worcestershire) are mentioned (16th cent.). Fol. 260v: a note about Giles Reed, born at the Wynieard (of Pershore ?), 29 January 1573/4 and baptized at Tewkesbury.

‘Iste liber pertinet magistro Wilhelmo Carsy...’, 16th cent., fol. 260

Richard Rawlinson, 1690–1755

Bequeathed by him to the Bodleian.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford Vol. 1: Mass Books; Pächt and Alexander; and the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (5 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.