Richard Holland

15th-century Scottish cleric and poet

Sir Richard Holland (or Richard de Holande) (fl. 1450), Scottish writer, author of the Buke of the Howlat, was secretary or chaplain to Archibald Douglas, Earl of Moray (c. 1450) and rector of Halkirk, near Thurso. He was afterwards rector of Abbreochy, Loch Ness, and later held a chantry in the cathedral of Norway. He was an ardent partisan of the Douglases, and on their over-throw retired to Orkney and later to Shetland.

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  • On ilk beugh till embrace Writtin in a bill was O Dowglass, O Dowglass Tender and trewe!
    • The Buke of the Howlat (c. 1450), Stanza xxxi. The allegorical poem of The Howlat was composed about the mid-fifteenth century, and printed by the Bannatyne Club, 1823.
  • Thus for ane Dow of Dunbar drew I this Dyte, Dowit with ane Dowglass, and boith war thei dowis.
    • The Buke of the Howlat (c. 1450), ii. 400-403. Dedication (to the wife of a Douglas).

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