Thomas Bassandyne

(c. 1552—1577) printer and bookseller

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A native of Scotland, Bassandyne probably learnt printing on the Continent. In 1568 he offended church authorities in Edinburgh by publishing a bawdy song in a psalter. During the Marian period (1568–73), Bassandyne became heavily involved in a propaganda war, printing on behalf of the queen's supporters. From 1573 he printed books of good quality, including a New Testament with the merchant Alexander Arbuthnet.

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