Macregol Gospel – Birr Library

Visit the Birr Civic Offices & Library and see a copy of The Macregol Gospel Book. A manuscript copy of the Four Gospels made about 800 AD. It consists of 169 vellum folios (leaves) about 345mm high and 270 mm wide. The script used is a formal one called insular majuscule or insular half-uncial and it somewhat resembles one of the hands of the Book of Kells. A translation or gloss in Old English cursive script was inserted between the lines about a thousand years ago. A facsimile of the Macregol Gospels is on permanent display free of charge in the magnificently restored Pugin-designed in Birr Town Library.


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