David Lindsay


Sir David Lindsay of the Mount was born about 1485, the son of a Fife laird. He served for most of his life at the Scottish court, as usher to the young James V, as Snowdon Herald, and eventually as Lyon King of Arms. His earliest surviving porms come from the end of the king's minority: he was already voicing storng criticism of the abuses of the contempporary Church which he would later develop into a sustained attack in his works. While the nature and extent of his commitment to Protestantism is a matter for debate, ther is no mistaking the vigour of his condemnation of ecclesiastical misconduct, or the dramatic skill with which he brings his argument to life.

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