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Henry the Minstrel

(1440—1492)


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John Barbour (c. 1320—1395) ecclesiastic and verse historian

 

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(?1440–?92),

a half‐legendary Scottish poet, who wrote The Wallace, one of the most famous of all Scots poems, of about 12,000 lines in heroic couplets, which concerns the martial feats of Wallace, who was executed by the English in 1305. The earliest text is a manuscript written in 1488 by John Ramsay, the scribe of Barbour's The Bruce. A popular version of the poem was a rewriting in 1722 by William Hamilton of Gilbertfield.

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