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The Gospels ‘procured’ from a church (MS.1894) *

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What: The Gospels, previously in the collection of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, that was “procured” at one of the British force’s stops on the way to Magdala

Where: The National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW

The database entry describes it as “Four Gospels in the Ethiopic version, possibly seventeenth century”.

Its story, together with that of some smaller manuscripts currently in Edinburgh University’s Library, is told in Volume 8 (1868-70) of The Proceedings of the Antiquaries of Scotland.

This says: “The large book, believed to be the Priest’s Bible, or rather the one belonging to the church, and from which he explained to his people, was procured in a church between Adabagah and Dongalo, about thirty-two or thirty-three miles south of Adigrat. The smaller book and scrolls were mostly procured in the neighbourhood of Senafe, from churches and villages. One of the books was said to be the Psalms … Presented … by Captain Charles McInroy, Staff Service, Madras.”

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