DCL MS. A.III.13Nicholas de Gorran, In Psalmos
Held by: Durham Cathedral Library: Durham Cathedral Manuscripts

Nicholas de Gorran, In Psalmos

Digitised: https://n2t.durham.ac.uk/ark:/32150/t2mng451h85g.html

Physical description of manuscript

Parchment. f.1-5 and f.393-396 are medieval flyleaves

Extent: 396 f (i+5+365+4+i f)
Size: 315 mm x 215 mm


Foliated: i, 1-397 (with 289 and 289*, but skipping 56-59, 291-299 and 332). Medieval foliation of f.7- 392 as 1-372.

Secundo folio: Incipit liber

f.6-392: 1-118, 126, 13-158, 166, 17-238, 248 lacks 7 after f.195, 25-398, 406, 41-468, 476 lacks 6 [blank ?] after f.392.

Signatures: Leaves in the first half of quires 40 and 42-43 numbered at the right foot of rectos; in quires 41 and 44 lettered. Every quire numbered at the top left of first recto, the last “xlviii et ultima”; all, except 47 (f.380) which is in the same hand as the numbers on f.4 and f.393 and DCL MS A.III.31 f.5 and f.286, appear to be in the hand that wrote “R de Colifort” at the top right of the first recto of each quire but erased except on f.356, 372 and 388.

Written space: 225 x 145 mm. 2 columns.


f.4-5 red and blue capitals. Some red marking and marginal ink drawings.


Standard Tuckett binding, mid 19th century full brown calf over thick wooden boards (Charles Tuckett, binder to the British Museum, rebound many Durham manuscripts in the 19th century)

Manuscript history

Written in France, 13th/14th century. The main text has pecia marks, while f.4-5 and f.393-394, together with DCL MS A.III.31 f.5-6 and f.286-287, appear to be pecia wrappers, see Piper & Foster 1989


Inscription: “/Frater Nicholaus\ Gor.r.am super psalterium de communi libraria monachorum dunelm”, early 15th century, f.7r. Pressmarks: “.A.”, later 14th century, f.6r; “.A.”, 14th/15th century, “2 2i N 2”, 15th/16th century(?), f.7r top right. Annotated by Thomas Westoe, monk of Durham Priory ca. 1272-1321.

Manuscript contents
(a)     f.1-3; 395-396
Original title: Codex
Author: Justinian I, Emperor of the East, 483?-565
Language: Latin

Fragment from Codex V,13 “uerit ex hac lege” – “sed nec alienare ne”; V,16, xiii “ium ab eodem” – 17, viii “observari. Si vero”; V,11, vii “donatione aggregare” – 12, xxi “modo esset disso”; V,17, viii “filio seu filiis” – 18, vii “non potes”. Pecia wrapper re-used as flyleaf.

(b)     f.4-5; 393-394
Original title: Compilatio canonum decretaliumque
Author: Bernard, of Pavia
Language: Latin

Fragment from Bk 2 iv.3-x.2. Pecia wrapper re-used as flyleaf.

(c)     f.6r-392v
Original title: In Psalmos
Author: Nicolas, de Gorran, 1232-approximately 1295
Language: Latin

Cited: Stegmüller, 5750

Microfilmed in 1985/86 by the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library, St John's Abbey and University, Collegeville, Minnesota. Copies held by them and Durham Cathedral Library.

Digitised material for Durham Cathedral Library MS. A.III.13 - Nicolas de Gorran, In Psalmos
Digitised June 2020 as part of the Durham Priory Library Recreated project. Due to the binding, there are some images throughout the volume with marginalia and text not visible in the image because they are too far into the gutter. f.55v is incorrectly marked as ‘59x’. This leaf is correctly foliated as 55 on the recto, the number on the verso is clearly a mistake, and so it has been foliated as f.55v on the foliator. There are no f.56 – f.59. Foliation goes f.55, f.60. f.60 has been crossed on the MS, but this has not been included on the foliator as foliation then continues f.61 etc. There is a tab visible in the gutter between f.203v and f.204r, it is not covering any writing or marginalia. There are two f.289r and v. The second had been marked with an ‘x’ on both the manuscript and the foliator. There are no f.291 – f.299. Foliation goes f.290, f.300. f.300 has been crossed on the MS, but this has not been included on the foliator as foliation then continues f.301 etc. There is no f.332. 332x is written on the verso of f.331. Foliation goes f.331, f.333. f.333 has been crossed on the MS, but this has not been included on the foliator as foliation then continues f.334 etc.


Catalogi veteres librorum Ecclesiae cathedralis dunelm. Catalogues of the library of Durham cathedral, at various periods, from the conquest to the dissolution, including catalogues of the library of the abbey of Hulne, and of the mss.   OCLC citation, Surtees Society 7, (London: J.B. Nichols and Son, [1838]).

Foster, M.R. , "Durham Cathedral Priory 1229- 1333: aspects of the ecclesiastical history and interests of the monastic community". Ph.D thesis, University of Cambridge, 1979

Piper, A.J. and Foster, M., "Evidence of the Oxford booktrade about 1300", Viator. Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 20 (1989), 155-60

Stegmüller, F., Repertorium biblicum medii aevi   OCLC citation, (Madrid: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, 1950-1961)

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