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Genealogical Diagram Of Kings And Queens Of Scotland, In The 'Black Book of Paisley'

Genealogical Diagram Of Kings And Queens Of Scotland, In The 'Black Book of Paisley'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 E.x

Item number: f.26v

Length: 44

Width: 28

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The first part of the Scotichronicon, a chronicle of the Scots, was written c.1385 by John of Fordun, an Aberdeen priest, who was probably originally from Fordoun, halfway between Dundee and Aberdeen. Walter Bower or Bowmaker, abbot of Inchcolm in the Firth of Forth, continued Fordun's unfinished work c.1445. This copy of the text is known as the Black Book of Paisley because it was written at Paisley, to the west of Glasgow. In the upper red circle is St. Margaret (d. 1093), wife of King Malcolm of Scotland, while in the lower red circle is James II of Scotland (1437-1460), and Johanna, his queen.

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