F is for Faddan More Psalter


The Faddan More Psalter was spotted during mechanical peat cutting in a bog by a sharp-eyed machine operator, Eddie Fogarty, in July 2006.


The cover of the Faddan More Psalter. Image from the National Museum of Ireland.

The Faddan More Psalter was spotted during mechanical peat cutting in a Tipperary bog by a sharp-eyed machine operator, Eddie Fogarty, in July 2006. The book, which was probably written about the year 800 AD, is a Book of Psalms written by hand in Latin in four colours of ink: yellow, red, black and white. The book was preserved in the oxygen-free conditions of the peat bog for about 1,200 years. The book is composed of 60 sheets of calfskin vellum and is protected by its original leather cover that is lined with papyrus and has a flap with three horn buttons. Faddan More is one of a very small number of western European books that survive with their original covers. A leather satchel found close by in the same bog in the year 2000 could have contained the book. The book was conserved in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin where it can now be seen in the Kildare St branch.

 
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