This site is run by Rhiannon Purdie, Professor of English and Older Scots in the School of English at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Professor Purdie currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2021-23) for which she is writing a history of medieval Scots literature (see Mapping Medieval Scots Literature, Beginnings to 1513).


Alice Gibson is a graduate of St Andrews and is currently pursuing a SGSAH-funded doctorate in Older Scots literature, jointly supervised between the Department of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow and the School of English at the University of St Andrews. She is a research assistant on the ‘Older Scots for Modern Scots’ schools project and assistant manager of this website.


HOME PAGE:  Scottish royal coat of arms with unicorn supporters from Edinburgh University Library MS 195 (mid 15c), where it is part of the frontispiece of Virgil’s Aeneid, fol. 65r

TEXTS & SOURCES: A 16c manuscript of Andrew of Wyntoun’s Original Chronicle: University of St Andrews Libraries and Museums, ms DA775.A6W9, fol. 324r

SCHOOLS: Fable of ‘the Cock and the Jasp’, from Robert Henryson’s Morall Fabillis, printed by Thomas Bassandyne (Edinburgh, 1571): National Library of Scotland, shelfmark F.5.b.48

LINKS: Border from Dean Brown’s Prayerbook of c. 1498 (Master James Brown was Dean of Aberdeen): National Library of Scotland MS 10270, fol. 91r

With thanks to all repositories concerned.