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John Barbour

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(d. 1395). Medieval Scottish poet, author of The Bruce. Barbour was probably born in south-west Scotland (c.1325), and became archdeacon of Aberdeen diocese (1357). In this ...

Barbour, John

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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2009
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..., John ( c. 1320–95 ), poet : b. Aberdeen ; becomes Bishop of Aberdeen: The Bruce 1616...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., John ( circa 1320–1395 ) Scottish poet , churchman , and scholar The Bruce ( 1571 ) ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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2010
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..., John ( 1320×30–1395 ) Scottish author of oldest extant, large-scale vernacular literature. The Bruce , an epic composed in the 1370s in early *Scots , lent a patriotic boost after the struggles for independence. Appointed precentor ( *cantor ) of Dunkeld in 1355 , and archdeacon of Aberdeen in 1357 , Barbour enjoyed the *patronage of King *Robert II . Other works include the lost The Stewartis Original and The Stewartis Genealogy . See also scotland, ireland, wales: scotland and wales 1064–1536 . Maria Teresa Agozzino J. Barbour , ...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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..., John ( c. 1330–1395 ) Scottish poet. The only poem ascribed to him with certainty is The Bruce , written in over 13,000 lines of octosyllabic couplets, which dates from 1375 ; it is a chivalric romance version of the deeds of King Robert the Bruce and his follower James Douglas, and it contains a celebrated, graphic account of the battle of...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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..., John ( c. 1330–1395 ) Scottish poet , archdeacon of Aberdeen in 1356 and later one of the auditors of the Exchequer on several occasions. He probably studied at Oxford and Paris. The only poem ascribed to him with certainty is The Bruce , written in over 13,000 lines of octosyllabic couplets, which dates from 1375 ; even if it is his, it has been argued that the poem was tampered with by John Ramsay , the writer of both the manuscripts in which the poem survives (from 1487 and 1489 ). The poem, in which Barbour also displays familiarity...

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Roland Tanner

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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2015
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..., John ( d. 1395 ) . Medieval Scottish poet, author of The Bruce . Barbour was probably born in south-west Scotland ( c. 1325 ), and became archdeacon of Aberdeen diocese ( 1357 ). In this position he played a significant role in political and ecclesiastical affairs, attending general council to discuss David II ’s ransom ( 1357 ), and travelling abroad to Oxford and France. From the accession of Robert II ( 1371 ) he was closely associated with the royal court, acting as a clerk of audit and auditor of Exchequer regularly until 1385 . He also...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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2018
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...0John John Barbour c. 1320 – 95 Scottish poet A! fredome is a noble thing! Fredome mayse man to haiff liking. The Bruce (1375) bk. 1, l. 225 freedom is a noble thing fredome is a noble ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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2014
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...0John John Barbour c. 1320 – 95 Scottish poet Storys to rede ar delitabill, Suppos that thai be nocht bot fabill. The Bruce (1375) bk. 1, l. 1 stories to rede ar delitabill Storys to rede ar delitabill nocht bot fabill A! fredome is a noble thing! Fredome mayse man to haiff liking. The Bruce (1375) bk. 1, l. 225 freedom is a noble thing fredome is a noble ...

Barbour‐James, John

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Jeffrey Green

The Oxford Companion to Black British History

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2007
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...‐James, John ( 1867–1954 ). Civil servant and author born in British Guiana (now Guyana). He became postmaster at Victoria‐Belfield in the 1890s, where he organized a black self‐help group with social and agricultural ambitions. He transferred to the Gold Coast (now Ghana) Post Office in 1902 . With his wife, Caroline, and five children he settled in Acton, west London. Three more children were born, but five (and their mother) were dead by 1919 , and in 1920 , in London, he married Edith Goring (who was born in Barbados and had taught in the Gold...

Barbour-James, John Alexander

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Jeffrey Green

Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro–Latin American Biography

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2016
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...(details, and copies of the discs, are sparse). Edith and John Barbour-James traveled to the West Indies in 1939 , where their daughter Muriel was a social worker in Trinidad, working with the London-trained Audrey Jeffers. This holiday became an exile due to the onset of World War II. The papers he took—he was planning a book on the duties and obligations of empire—were set aside. Barbour-James and his wife settled in Georgetown, British Guiana, where he died in 1954 . The London-based Amy Barbour-James ( 1906–1988 ) had spent months in Guiana and returned...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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