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John of Fordun (1320-1384) - Historian

John of Fordun was probably a chantry priest in Aberdeen, but little is known of his life and career. His Chronica gentis Scotorum forms the first part of the scotichronicon, the great source book of Scottish history; John began its compilation by travelling through Britain and Ireland to authenticate his documentation. He brought the history down to 1383, basing much of the work on documents which have since been lost. His work was taken up again in 1440 by Walter Bower.

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