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.
From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.