A highly important medieval manuscript that was once feared lost has been acquired by the National Library of Scotland.
The 700-year-old Breviary, from Sweetheart Abbey near Dumfries, contains the text for many of the monastic prayers that would have been used in medieval Scotland. It is in remarkably good condition and is an extremely rare example of an early religious manuscript that was both written and used in Scotland.
It is the Library's most important medieval manuscript acquisition in 30 years.
Prior to its appearance on sale at an auction in Vienna, the Breviary's whereabouts were unknown for some 300 years. The last known trace was in 1715, when it was listed in a printed library catalogue.
National Librarian Dr John Scally described the Breviary as a significant addition to the national collection, that sheds new light on our collective past.
Read more in our Sweetheart Breviary press release
17 February 2016