Lesmahagow Missal

Year: 1240

One of Scotland’s greatest mediaeval treasures is the Lesmahagow Missal which was written c.1240 and is reputed to have come from the Tironesian Priory of St Machutius in Lesmahagow. The story is that it was taken from the Priory by John of Eltham, brother of Edward III in 1336 after he had sacked the priory. The event is referred to William of Wyntoun in his chronicle of Scottish History.

The picture shown is of a leaf from the Missal which has details relating to the celebrations of the feast of St Kentigern, who was a popular local saint within the Clydesdale area. 

Lesmahagow Missal

The photograph is reproduced with the kind permission of the National Library of Scotland.

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