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Sir Richard Maitland

(1496—1586) courtier and writer


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(1496–1586), Scottish statesman, poet, and collector of poetry. After education at St Andrews and Paris, Maitland became courtier to James V, and keeper of the seal under Mary, Queen of scots (1562–7). His collection of poetry included his own largely satirical works, as well as poems by William Dunbar, Gavin Douglas, and Robert Henryson; the collection was continued by his daughter, and is now at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Renaissance in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).


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