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Bannatyne Manuscript

Compiled by Edinburgh merchant George Bannatyne in 1568 to while away time spent in the country trying to escape the plague, the Bannatyne manuscript contains some of the best work of Scotland's most important mediaeval poets. It is our only source for some poems: without it, we would have lost Alexander Scott's welcome to Mary Queen of Scots ('Welcum illustrat Ladye and oure quene'), William Dunb…