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Hand 1
Current Manuscript:Scotland, National Library of Scotland, Advocates' MS 19.1.11
Sampled Folios:80r, 161v
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Usage: can
the scribe has a variety of differently formed lower case 'a's. Here the graph is angular with both compartments squarish in shape.
Usage: any
a single down-stroke to the right of the graph. Smaller upper compartment and square lower compartment.
Usage: atte
an example of straight-sided 'a' with horizontal cross-bar through the middle of the graph.
Usage: And
the scribe uses a variety of upper case 'A's. This version has a horned head-stroke and long, arching lead-in stroke.
Usage: day
the bowl of 'd' is triangular in shape with fine hairline stroke across the top of the bowl.
Usage: hadde
ligature of the second 'd' graph with horned 'e'.
Usage: aquaynted
'd' in final position frequently has a tag which first rises then drops vertically and ends with a counter-clockwise turn.
Usage: sadde
Usage: goost
'g' comprises two diamond-shaped compartments of roughly equal size. The head is closed with a fine hairline stroke.
Usage: thing
'g' in final position is frequently tagged. The tag descends vertically from the end of the horizontal dash which extends out from the middle of the upper compartment.
Usage: thought
Usage: lenger
the lower lobe is larger in this example.
Usage: which
(first 'h') 'h' is evenly formed with a triangular looped head resting on the shoulder. The foot of the first stroke may curve up to touch the shoulder. The tail curves gently counter-clockwise.
Usage: he
an example of a more current version.
Usage: angwyssh
when 'h' follows 't' 's' or 'g', it is systematically crossed.
Usage: Hadde
upper case 'H' with looped extension to the left of the shaft.
Usage: restlesse
long 'r' is used occasionally.
Usage: Chestrisse Inne
modern 'r' is the most frequently selected graph.
Usage: brotelnesse
'z'-shaped 'r' is used after 'o', 'e' and round-bodied graphs.
Usage: Royal
a curiously elaborate upper case 'R'.
Usage: slepe
long 's' used in initial and medial positions. The stem is thick and set at an angle, giving a slanting aspect to the writing.
Usage: saye
sigma 's' is used occasionally in initial position.
Usage: this
a horned head for this kidney-shaped 's' used exclusively in final position.
Usage: So
upper case 'S' of the sigma variety at the beginning of a line.
Usage: worlde
'w' is evenly formed as two 'v's with looped heads. There is a single lobe at the right of the graph.
Usage: angwyssh
Usage: where
Usage: Which
Usage: yeldeth
the tail of 'y' curves sharply to the left and more gently back again to the right.
Usage: lay
an unusually lengthened tail stroke.
Usage: day
a few of the scribe's 'y's are dotted.
Usage: wyght
slight separation of the leading curve of the second stroke from the first stroke of the graph.
Upper Case Letters
Usage: MUsyng
upper case letter follows the initial letter of the opening stanza.
Usage: At
another version of the scribe's upper case 'A'.
Usage: That
'T' with rounded bowl and three-quarter vertical dash.
Usage: Besily
elaborate 'B' with Z-shaped element to begin and a horizontal bar across the upper compartment of the 'B' element, giving an angular appearance.
Upper Case I
Usage: Into
the scribe uses various forms of upper case 'I' with many variations in the head-stroke. Here the stem turns clockwise and forms a loop which joins the main shaft.
Usage: I
'I' with following punctus.
Usage: I
there is frequently a dot after the 'I'.
Usage: I
More Upper Case Letters
Usage: Chestrisse
flattened head to 'C' with fine hairline extension which extends above the top of the graph. Small vertical line which descends part-way down from the head of the graph.
Usage: Inne
a more elaborate version of 'I' with horned head-stroke and looped bottom.
Usage: No
approach stroke which arches round from beneath the body of the graph.
Usage: Of
oblique line descending part-way through the graph.
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