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Blind Hary, active 1470-1492

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    • us: Blin Hary, active 1470-1492
    • us: Blind Harry, active 1470-1492
    • us: Hary, Blind, active 1470-1492
    • us: Harry, the Minstrel, active 1470-1492
    • us: Henricus, active 1470-1492
    • us: Hary, the Minstrel, active 1470-1492
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    • Henry, the Minstrel, active 1470-1492
    • Henry, the Minstrel, fl. 1470-1492
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    • found: Scott, T. Tales of Sir William Wallace, guardian of Scotland, c1981: t.p. (Blin Hary)
    • found: Miller, J.F. Blind Harry's "Wallace", 1914.
    • found: Manual of the writings in Middle Eng., 1050-1400, 1916 (Henry the Minstrel)
    • found: DNB (Henry the Minstrel, or Blind Harry or Hary, fl. 1470-1492; Scottish poet)
    • found: BM (Henry, the Minstrel, commonly called Blind Harry)
    • found: LC database, May 10, 2000 (hdgs: Henry, the Minstrel, 15th cent.; Henry, the Minstrel, d. 1492?)
    • found: Oxford dictionary of national biography WWW site, 20 Oct., 2016 (Hary; Harry; called Blind Hary; b. c.1440, d. in or after 1492; poet, was the author of "The Actis and Deidis of the Illuster and Vailzeand Campioun Schir William Wallace" (title as in a 1570 edition by Robert Lekpreuik); Contemporary documentation of Hary's life is very sparse; His name appears five times in the Scottish treasurer's accounts in the years 1490-92; in each instance the name is written as Blind(e) Hary; The same appellation is used by William Dunbar in his "Lament for the Makaris", probably written in 1505, in which Hary is stated to be dead; The practice of referring to him as Henry, which became customary after John Jamieson in his 1820 edition of Wallace styled its author Henry the Minstrel, is without historical warrant; A reference by John Mair identifies Hary (Henricus) as the author of "Integrum librum Guillelmi Wallacei"; Hary's own mention of Sir William Wallace of Craigie as being alive at the time of the poem: Wallace was knighted in 1471-2 and killed at the siege of Dunbar in 1479) {}
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