A medieval manuscript which has returned to Scotland after a gap of several hundred years is being put on public display for the first time on Friday.
The National Library of Scotland acquired the 700-year-old monastic manuscript last month and is offering the public the opportunity to view it in a special two-hour showing.
The Sweetheart Breviary is a rare surviving example of a medieval liturgical manuscript for a Scottish monastic community. It was possibly even written at Sweetheart Abbey. It contains the text for many of the monastic prayers that would have been used in that abbey near Dumfries, the last Cistercian monastery to be established in Scotland.
The manuscript's whereabouts were unknown for some 300 years, until it recently surfaced at an auction in Vienna. The National Library then had the chance to acquire it for the nation. Prior to that, it was feared that it had been lost forever.
It is the Library's most important medieval manuscript acquisition in 30 years.
'We are very pleased to be able to offer people the chance to see this significant manuscript, which is an important addition to the Library's collection,' said Kenneth Dunn, the Library's Archives and Manuscript Collections Manager.
It will be on display in the Library boardroom at George IV Bridge, Edinburgh from 12.00 until 14.00 on Friday 1 April. Entry is free.
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30 March 2016