New College Library welcomes the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland this week with a display of early psalm books.
During the period 1564-1644, around 70 editions of the Psalme Buik were produced for used in the Church of Scotland. Known also as The Book of Common Order, the editions contained varying content which could include liturgical and catechetical texts and the metrical psalter. These books formed the rich liturgical character of early Reformed worship.
New College Library holds many examples of other early psalm books, such as these editions of English psalm books in which previous owners have written and doodled whilst at their private devotions. The small size also reflects their intended purpose for personal use. The two miniature volumes have lovingly made embroidered covers. Both of these tiny volumes were originally presented to the Peterhead Free Library by the Rev James Stewart, and must have come to New College Library after 1936.
With thanks to Professor Jane Dawson and Martin Ritchie.
Academic Support Librarian – Divinity