In the closing months of 1568, younger Scottish service provider George Bannatyne was in lockdown, staying indoors to keep away from an outbreak in Edinburgh.
With time on his palms, Bannatyne compiled lots of of poems right into a manuscript that now bears his title. The artifact additionally accommodates one of the earliest known uses of the F-word, in line with a documentary that aired this week on BBC Scotland.
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The manuscript, which is in the assortment of the National Library of Scotland, accommodates “The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie” by poet William Dunbar. The work is described by The Scotsman newspaper as “the 16th century equivalent of a rap battle” between Dunbar and his fellow poet Walter Kennedie. The doc can be noteworthy for holding one of the earliest known uses of the F-word.
Edinburgh Old Town from Princes Street’, 1841. After Thomas Miles Richardson (1784-1848). (Adam & Charles Black, London, 1841). Artist Thomas Dobbie.
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“It has long been known that the manuscript contains some strong swearwords that are now common in everyday language, although at the time, they were very much used in good-natured jest,” defined a spokesman for the National Library of Scotland, in a press release obtained by Fox News. “In particular the ‘Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedie,’ a great slanging match between the poets William Dunbar and Walter Kennedie, has been infamous for giving us the earliest known examples of these terms in written form.”
The Bannatyne Manuscript is one of the most vital surviving sources of Older Scots poetry, in line with the National Library of Scotland. The manuscript remained in the possession of Bannatyne’s descendants’ possession till they gifted it to the Advocates Library, the National Library’s predecessor, in 1772, the spokesman stated.
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The manuscript is featured in a BBC Scotland documentary collection entitled “Scotland – Contains Strong Language” offered by singer and actress Cora Bissett.
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The BBC Scotland documentary is a component of a collection entitled “Scotland – Contains Strong Language,” which is offered by Scottish singer and actress Cora Bissett.
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An earlier use of the F-word, nonetheless, has been reported. In 2015 a historian at Keele University in the U.Okay. found the curse phrase in an English court docket doc that dates again to 1310.
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