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The Bannatyne MS Project

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The Bannatyne MS [Adv. MS. 1.1.6], c. 1568, is the largest extant collection of late medieval Scottish verse. It comprises over 400 separate pieces of text, divided into five thematic sections: theology, morality, comedy, love and fables. To date the manuscript has been accessible in limited print edition and facsimile, however the recent acquisition of NLS images by the Project Europeana at the IIIF has opened up new possibilities.


This website offers the poems of the fourth section of the Bannatyne Manuscript (c. 1568). Currently held in the National Library of Scotland as Adv.MS.1.1.6., the manuscript contains over 400 disparate pieces of verse. The fourth section, poems about love, contains over a quarter of these poems.

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Bannatyne MS Project Poem
Bannatyne MS Project Poem
Bannatyne MS Project Poem


Updates on the project, starting from its inception in 2019, are shared via the blog.

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