Scribal ProfileGeoffrey Spirling
|Profiles for this Scribe:|
1. Scotland, Glasgow, University Library, MS Hunter 197 (U.1.1)
|Current Manuscript:||Scotland, Glasgow, Glasgow University Library MS Hunter 197 (U.1.1)|
|Sampled Folios:||54r, 94v|
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Spirling uses a mixture of anglicana and secretary forms of various graphs seemingly at random. Both double and single compartment 'a' are used with the double compartment graph used more frequently.
single compartment 'a' with hairline connecting stroke across the head.
upper case 'A' is always of the anglicana type.
pointed lower lobe with upper loop swept back, sometimes over preceding graphs.
'd' with tag for the shortened version of 'quod'. On f54r final 'd' was not tagged whereas on f94v which may have been copied in conjunction with Spirling's son, final 'd's were frequently tagged and this may be one distinction between the two hands. However, it is very difficult to tell as Spirling varied many of his own graphs and may also have varied the number of flourishes and tags he added.
upper case 'D'.
'g' is generally of the anglicana type with two compartments and 8-shaped.
just as with 'a' there are a number of 'g's which tend towards the secretary type. They are used indiscriminately and may have slipped in inadvertently.
final 'g' with vertical tag stroke attached. The scribe also tags the cross bar of 'f' and in portions which may be attributed to Spirling's son, the tag on 'f' is long and trailing.
upper case 'G' with hairline joining stroke across the head.
a typical 'h' with tail curving round and back up to join the following graph.
occasionally the limb curves round but does not curl back.
'h' is crossed in 'ght' as well as in 'th' combinations.
a more upright graph at the beginning of a line.
as with his other graphs, the scribe uses a selection of different 'r's. Long 'r' is used in all positions and is the most frequently used 'r'.
modern 'r' is found occasionally.
'z'-shaped 'r' is also used frequently, after 'o', 'e' and all round-bodied graphs. It is also used in final position.
upper case 'R' used for a noun in the middle of a line.
the scribe uses a variety of 's' graphs. Sigma 's' is used in both initial and final positions.
long 's' is used initially and medially.
an occasional kidney-shaped 's' is to be found in final position.
upper case 'S' of the sigma variety.
as may be seen here the scribe also has a bevy of 'w' graphs. Looped 'w' with 'B' element to the right is used frequently.
a double 'v' graph with curving lead-in stroke is also used frequently.
looped 'w' with single lobe at the right side.
'W' in upper case position at the beginning of a line. The scribe also uses the 'w' in version 1 in upper case positions at the beginnings of lines.
the tail of 'y' is more often the shortened version seen here.
a curvier version of both the left limb and also the tail.
'Y' in upper case position at the beginning of a line, the only difference being in a more exaggerated curve to the tail-stroke.
|Thorn and Yogh|
both thorn and yogh are used by the scribe with the stem of thorn fairly long and tapering from thick to thin down its length.
thorn is used, again at whim, for some demonstratives and articles.
the two examples of yogh are both attached to the same word as the 'z' sound of the plural.
|Upper Case Letters|
Geoffrey Spirling has two different graphs for upper case 'N'.
the second version of upper case 'N'.
|More Upper Case Letters|
Usage: Vp holde