13/03/2017
Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Scottish poet John Barbour died - On this day in history

a7fc5947-b8ff-4f8e-95c3-e62b12edf191

Scottish poet John Barbour, author of the epic work The Brus died on 13 March 1395. Barbour was one of the first authors to write in Scots and whilst under the protection of Robert II, he composed The Brus, which told the story of the Scottish Wars of Independence and celebrated Robert the Bruce as a hero. He was paid £10 and a life pension of twenty shillings a year for the work.
 
Barbour died at the age of around 75 (his actual year of birth is unknown but was around 1320). Before his death, he’d paid for masses to be said for his soul and the souls of his parents, an instruction which was carried out until the Reformation.

Read more on this day in history.

Back to "On this day in history" Category

13/03/2017 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Scottish MP Joseph Hume was born - On this day in history

Scottish MP Joseph Hume, who founded the memorial to the Scottish Political Martyrs in Edinburgh, was born on ...


Scottish theologian George Gillespie was born - On this day in history

Church leader George Gillespie was born on 21 January 1613 in Kirkcaldy.


Inventor and engineer James Watt was born - On this day in history

James Watt, inventor of the condensor, which helped make the Industrial Revolution possible, was born on 19 ...


Research on the final resting place of 'The Old Fox' - the DNA results are in

An expert team led by leading forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black has carried out detailed ...


Other Articles

Sir John Pringle died - On this day in Scottish history

Sir John Pringle, President of the Royal Society and physician to King George III, died on 18 January 1782. ...


Three curious facts you (probably) didn't know about St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh

St Giles' Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, was founded in the twelfth century and has ...


The Scotsman - 200 Years of a Scottish newspaper exhibition opens at National Library of Scotland

A special display celebrating two centuries of publication of The Scotsman, and looking at the many historic ...


Dress and Décor: Domestic Textiles and Personal Adornment in Scotland up to 1700, 23-24 March 2018

Dress and Décor: Domestic Textiles and Personal Adornment in Scotland up to 1700 is an interdisciplinary ...