John of Fordun

  • d. in or after 1363
  • historians
  • (agents)
Scottish historian and author of what is known as the Chronica gentis Scotorum, which was incorporated into Walter Bower’s Polychronicon. The Gesta annalia were also formerly attributed to him, but are now known as two works, Gesta annalia I and its continuation, Gesta annalia II, that are not connected to Fordun. Little is known of his life.


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Reference works
Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press, 2004–present. URL: <http://www.oxforddnb.com>. 
comments: General editors include Lawrence Goldman, et al.
Watt (D. E. R.) [id. 9875. ‘Fordun, John (d. in or after 1363)’] direct link
Broun, Dauvit, Scottish independence and the idea of Britain: from the Picts to Alexander III, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007.
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