Blind Hary (2537 words)

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The epic poem Wallace is one of the most celebrated and popular works in the range of Scottish literature; yet its author is as obscure as the poem is renowned. The Treasurer's Accounts for the years 1490-92 record five payments made to “Blind Hary”: these entries constitute the only recorded allusions to him, of any kind, during his lifetime. William Dunbar mentions him in his Lament for the Makaris, proving that he was dead by the date of the poem (most probably 1505) and perhaps somewhat earlier, since the dramatist Patrick Johnston, whose name appears in the same stanza, died in 1495. John Mair in his History of Greater Britain (1518) refers to a book of William Wallace written by Henricus, …

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McClure, J. Derrick. "Blind Hary". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 June 2007
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