A Flemish Psalter, c.1500.

Scope and Content

Psalter with canticles and apostles creed in Flemish with Latin rubrics. Illuminated initials. Written in the Netherlands.

Administrative / Biographical History

Books of the Psalms were known as psalters, often also containing calendars, canticles, prayers and creeds. They were popularly used for private devotions but could also be used for liturgical purposes where all 150 psalms were to be recited each week. Depictions of King David, supposed author of many of the Psalms, frequently introduce the psalter; many of the surviving examples are richly ornamented. Psalms were also important elements of prayer books and later in books of hours.


Single item

Access Information

By appointment with the Keeper of Manuscripts. Access to records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

Presented to the library by Dr George Walker, minister of Castle Douglas [Kirkcudbrightshire], 1919.


Call number used to be ms650.

Other Finding Aids

Individual Manuscripts and Small Collections database available as part of Manuscripts Database.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding, morocco, of the 19th century. Embossed geometric
decoration on covers. Embossed on spine Liber Psalmorum, MSS Germanice.Vellum: 8X11.6cm.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Manuscripts. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Custodial History

Bookseller’s label. At one time in the possession of James Walker of Aberdeen, brother to Dr George Walker. A card pasted inside the front cover states 'The gift of Mr James Walker, Aberdeen, to his brother Alexr'.




Fully noticed in N R Ker and A J Piper Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, Vol.IV (Paisley to York), Oxford, 1992, pp.243.

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