Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 297 (U.6.15)
Title: Tragoediae
Associated Websites: Article on marginalia: Studies in Scottish Literature (2013)
Date of Creation: Between 1399 and 1499
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Lvcii Annaei Senecae, Tragoediae.
Seneca's Tragedies: (Imperfect.)
Begins (1, 1 recto line 1): S [gilt illuminated initial with gestures occupying all margins] oror tonantis hoc enim solum michi = Ed. Peiper. Richter, p. 3, line 1.
Ends (33, 5 recto lines 13, 14): Fulmina mittas: | Expliciunt tragedie senece [rubric] = Ed. Peiper. Richter, p. 454, l. 2006.
Remarks: On i, 2 verso is pasted a slip from a Sale Catalogue: Senecae Tragoediae decem, cum scholiis in margine. this MS. is beauti- | fully wrote on vellum, the initials painted or gilt. it was probably | wrote in the 13th or 14th century. the first page and beginning of | all the tragedies ornamented with vignettes, and by some old French | verses at the end of this MS. seems to have been wrote in France.
On 1, 5 recto lines 22, 23 have been effaced = Ed. Peiper. Richter, p. 13, lines 261, 262.
On 1, 5 verso line 24 has been effaced = Ed. Peiper. Richter, p. 14, line 287.
Illuminated initials have been excised on 4, 6 [f. 30] recto; 7, 4 [f. 52] verso; 19, 4 [f. 152] verso.
8, 6 [f. 62] recto line 14 = P. and R. p. 115, line 362.
8, 6 [f. 62] recto line 15 = P. and R. p. 119, line 1 (363).
9, 4 [f. 68] verso line 19 = P. and R. p. 130, l. 303; l. 20 = p. 133, l. 1.
9, 5 [f. 69] recto line 1 = P. and R. p. 133, line 1.
15, 8 [f. 120] verso line 23 = P. and R. p. 226, line 173 (lacuna) in pencil (XVIII. Cent.): desunt X versus.
16, 2 [f. 122] recto line 1 = P. and R. p. 230, line 32.
25, 4 [f. 194] verso line 5 = P. and R. p. 363, line 1070 (lacuna).
25, 6 [f. 196] recto line 15 = P. and R. p. 460, line 58.
28, 2 [f. 216] verso line 17 = P. and R. p. 501, line 1012 (lacuna).
28, 4 [f. 218] recto line 1 = P. and R. p. 369, line 47.
On 33, 5 recto about three lines space under the rubric, and by the same hand and in red ink, are the four following lines: Vn vielz prestre dessus vne chuue (?) | Nestoit ce pas bonne sornette | Auant cure a ly a ly, Abarbe | fendant fendant, bbaigne (?).
Above the rubric in a XVI. Cent. hand: Hen. Sinclar.
Was this Henry Sinclair (1505-1565), Bishop of ross and Pres. of Court of Session, who died in Paris? See Dict. Nat. Biog. lii. 297 and Keith's Catalogue, London, 1624, A. 193.
On the same page in an early XVII. Cent. hand: Spem successus alit | W St clair | knight. 16j5 Gul. Sainct Clair de Barregle | 160j W Sainct clair | de Barregle.
This name is repeated on the verso of this folio (and throughout the MS.).
On its verso (originally left blank, as was probably also 33, 6.) are 16 lines from "Hercules Oetaeus" = Peiper and Richter's Edition, p. 426, lines 1366-1381.
The autograph of Sir Wm. Sinclair of Mey (see Burke's Peerage, p. 110) is on the following folios: 1, 2 recto; 1, 3 recto; 2, 1 recto: Birth les then Beautie Shall my reasone blind | hir Birth gois to my cheildring not me | Rather had I that actiue uerteu find | In hir self; then flouing from hir Ancestri | WS. [monogram] knight.
On 2, 6 recto: W St clair knight of Cateboll | prid. idus 8bris [Octobris] | anno domini 1615.
On 4, 6 recto: Beautie is loues obiect women lusts, to gaine | Loue, Loue desyres. | Lust only to obteine. | W St [monogram] clair knight | 3 idus 7bris [septembris] anno 1615.
On 5, 6 recto: Gulielmus St clair de Barregle | 160j.
On 7, 6 recto: Giue me nixt guid ane understanding wyfe | By nature wyse, not learned by much art | [unkeyable characters] | Ane passiue understanding to conceiue, | and iudgement to discerne I wish to finde | Beyond that all as hazardous I Leaue | Learning and pregnant wit in woman kynde | what it finds malleable It maketh frail | and doth not adde moir ballest, bot moir seall | W St [monogram], clair knight of Cateboll | 9 of 7ber [September] i6i5 | In faithfulnes : | felicitie.
On 9, 5 recto: the bee, the speder by ane diuers pouar | Sucke honnie, poison from the self same flouer | W St [monogram] clair.
On 13, 1 recto: Gulielmus de Sancta Clara de Catboll miles | me Jure optimo possidet 9 [nono] die 8bris [Octobris] | anno domini i615.
On 17, 8 verso: Gulielmus Sanct. clair | de Barregle me | possidet i60j.
On 20, 1 recto: The face we may the seat of beautie call | In it the relish of the rest doth lye | Nay, euin ane figure of the mynd with all | And of the face the lyfe moues in the eye | Beautie is Loues obiect; wemen Lusts, to gaine | Loue, Loue desyres, Lust only to obtaine. | W St [monogram] clair knight.
On 22, 5 recto: Sincerum est nisi vas quodcunque infundis acescit | Sperne voluptates; nocet empta dolore voluptas | Gulielmus de Sancta Clara, miles.
On 25, 4 verso: [Greek characters] | dulce bellum inexpertis | Gulielmus de Sancta Clara | de Catboll miles | W S [monogram].
On 28, 2 verso: Vsus habet Laudem, Crimen abusus | habet | W S [monogram] Knight.
Under this is a horoscope, opposite which in the margin: Anno domini 1582. | 22. febr. quarta . i . (prime) | hore parte a | meridie | Sapiens dominabitur | astris
Dr. Geo. Neilson gives a reference to Inquisitionum ad Capellam Domini Regis Retornatorum... Abbreviatio, [Edinburgi] 1811, vol. i. Caithness, [Section symbol] 9 (date of retour of service, Jan. 14, 1617). See also vol. ii. Ross et Cromarty, [Section symbol] 45 (same date).
Another copy is press-marked U.7.16.
[Formerly R.7.16; R.7.98].
Foulis catalogue, 1771, no. 10: £5.5.0
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Vellum, 8 x 5 3/4, ff. 256, originally ff. 260, well written in an easy French hand, in single cols. of 22, 23 lines, each 5 x 3 1/8, margined and ruled with brown crayon, signatures (mostly cropped), catchwords, foliation (modern, partial, 1-32), one floreated page at the beginning, gilt illuminated initials with gestures beginning each tragedy, red and blue initials with and without ornament and gestures, initials of all lines separated and touched with gamboge, rubrics, dramatis personae rubricated (often marginal), running titles in blue and red, numerous marginalia, interlinear glosses, etc., some initials excised and leaves abstracted (probably for initials), two margins (10, 6. and 28, 4.) cut off (text intact), vellum wormholed, defective in places and sewn, much cropped, fol. sec. Et opimae. Cent. XV.
Binding: Millboards, covered brown (faded crimson) grained Russia (the same binding as U.6.10 and U.6.14), recently re-backed. Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 238.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: Theo van Heijnsbergen, "The Renaissance Uses of a Medieval Seneca: Murder, Stoicism, and Gender in the Marginalia of Glasgow Hunter 297," Studies in Scottish Literature: Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 55-81 (2013) Available online at; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 238-240.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca 4 B.C.-65 A.D.
provenance: Henry Sinclair 1508-1565
President of the Court of Session
provenance: Sir William Sinclair fl 1600
Of Mey.
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