Squyer Meldrum

Squyer Meldrum

Squyer Meldrum

Squyer Meldrum

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The Historie of Squyer Meldrum is a Scottish romance with a pendant poetical Testament, written in the mid sixteenth century by Sir David Lindsay of the Mount to celebrate the heroic life of a Fifeshire laird. A vigorous tale of love and war, it is the most delightful of Lindsay's poems, and the last and most novel of the medieval Scottish essays in verse romance.

The tables of contents in the 1582, 1592 and 1597 editions of Lindsay's Warkis include the Historie--'neuer befoir Imprentit'--and the Testament; but the two pieces were apparently not included in any early collected edition. It seems, however, that a separate edition was published about 1582, since the inventory of the Edinburgh bookseller Robert Gourlay, who died of the plague on 6 September 1585, contained six copies of 'The Squyer of Meldrum, blak . . . at xij d. the peice'. This was probably the first edition; but the earliest to survive was published in 1594 by Henry Charteris :

THE / HISTORIE OF / ANE NOBIL AND WAILZE- / and Squyer, William Meldrum, vmquhyle / Laird of Cleische and Bynnis. Compylit be Sir Dauid / Lyndesay of the Mont, alias, Ly- / oun, King of Armes. / H C / THE / Testament of the said / WILLIAME MELDRVM / Squyer. Compylit al- / swa be Sir Dauid / Lyndesay, &c. / Cicero [2 lines] / Ovid [1 line] / Imprentit at Edinburgh / be HENRIE CHARTERIS. / ANNO M.D.XCIIII. / Cum Priuilegio Regali.

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