Sir David Lyndsay of the Mount was born about 1486 as the son of David Lyndsay of the Mount, near Cupar in Fife, and of Garmylton, near Haddington. His place of birth and education are unknown, but it is thought that he attended the University of St Andrews for at least the academic session of 1508-1509. However, it is probable that he did not complete the four years of study as he is never styled “maister” like Robert Henryson and others. He was closely involved with the Scottish Court throughout his life, first as equerry and then as usher to the young James V, and still later as Snowdon Herald, and eventually as Lyon King of Arms. His earliest work,

The Dreme

(1528), contains an affectionate account of James V as a child, and Lyndsay’s care of him. It is also a heartfelt account…

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Citation: Heddle, Donna. "Sir David Lindsay". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 May 2007 [, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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