The Scots as Ancient and Free: ‘Proto-Fordun’, ‘Veremundus’ and the Creation of Scottish History

Dauvit Broun

in Scottish Independence and the Idea of Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623600
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653416 | DOI:
The Scots as Ancient and Free: ‘Proto-Fordun’, ‘Veremundus’ and the Creation of Scottish History

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This chapter traces Scottish history by looking at lost texts belonging to the synthesis identified as proto-Fordun. It includes those parts of Fordun's chronicle relating to the chronological structure of early Scottish history, as well as those sections of the narrative of Scottish origins where two or more contradictory passages have been juxtaposed. It also scans the early historical texts of the narrative from Scottish origins to Mael Coluim III attributed to ‘Veremundus’. It notes that Fordun's chronicle has been recognised as an impressive synthesis of diverse sources into a chronologically coherent account of Scottish history from its ancient origins. It shows that Fordun cannot have created this himself and opines instead that he has rewritten and expanded an earlier work which was dubbed ‘proto-Fordun’.

Keywords: Scottish history; sources; chronicle; Mael Coluim III; Veremundus; Fordun

Chapter.  15288 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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