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David Lyndsay
(c. 1486—1555)

Poet and playwright

Appointed by James IV as usher and general companion to his baby son, the future James V, Lyndsay came to the fore in the reign of his young charge as head of the College of Heralds, and court poet. He satirised the vices of court life and he was comfortable enough to rebuked the king for his licentiousness and susceptibility to flattery, but he remained one of James’ favourites. His 1540 masterpiece, Ane Pleasant Satyre of the Thrie Estatis, was a morality play which is still performed today. Despite his sympathy for the reformers, Lyndsay died a Catholic.