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Lindsay or Lyndsay, Sir David

(both: lĭn`zē), c.1490–c.1555, Scottish poet. He was a courtier and diplomat by profession. As a writer he was a harsh satirist and moralist who directed most of his invective against the Roman Catholic Church. He never formally left the church, but his exposure of its abuses gives him a place second only to that of John Knox in bringing about the Scottish Reformation. Lindsay's verse is sometimes rich and elevated, sometimes coarsely realistic; his literary technique is frequently made secondary to satirical or didactic themes. In his Testament and Complaynt of Our Soverane Lordis Papyngo (1538) the king's parrot censures certain birds of prey—the clergy of the feathered world—for their hypocrisy and avarice. His long morality play, Ane Pleasant Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis (produced 1540), contains attacks on political abuses. Among Lindsay's other notable works are The Dreme, The Historie and Testament of Squyer Meldrum, and The Monarchie.


See edition of his works by D. Hamer for the Scottish Texts Society (4 vol., 1931–36, repr. 1972).

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All in all, it may at least be argued with confidence that a vibrant image (all the more so because oversimplified and largely dehistoricised) of David Lyndsay as a disaffected courtier, a moral and religious reformer, and indeed a didactic playwright--and as a distinctively Scottish exemplar of all these--was readily available within Elizabethan English culture.
7) David Lyndsay, The Warkis of the famous and worthie Knight, Schir David Lyndsay of the Mont [.
8) David Lyndsay, [The warkis of the famous and vorthie Knight, Schir Dauid Lyndesay] (Edinburgh, 1582; STC 15662), sig.
11) David Lyndsay [Dauid Lindsey], A dialogue betweene Experience and a courtier, of the miserable state of the worlde, etc.
Three years later, the next record to mention a "play" not only associates it this time with a "playcoat," but famously provides the first reference to Sir David Lyndsay in a theatrical context.
Item ye xij day of October fra maister Johne of murray ij 1/2 elnis blew taffatis and vj quartaris 3allow taffatis to be ane play coit to dauid lindesay for ye play playt in ye king and qwenis presencis in ye abbay price elne xvj s summa iij li iiij s (13) (Item: the twelfth day of October from Master John of Murray two and a half ells of blue taffeta and six quarters of yellow taffeta to be a playcoat for David Lyndsay for the play played in the king and queen's presence in the abbey.
Sir David Lyndsay wrote a contemptuous satirical poem on the flamboyant excesses of women's "side (long) tails" at around this time, condemning the waste of cloth as they trailed costly fabric through the dirt.
Sir David Lyndsay, often assumed to be author of the interlude, was a senior herald who would be familiar with the ceremonial of the Scottish parliament.
But detectives believe two other men - Alan Napper, 39, and 38-year-old David Lyndsay - missing since July, have been abducted and murdered by a contract killer.
Of all the poems in this short list, the Monarche of Sir David Lyndsay is in a class by itself, in terms of its cultural impact.
i 500 1715 Sir David Lyndsay, The Monarcbe 1552 6338 John Stewart of Baldynneis, A ne Schersing out of Trew Fe/icitie 1584 2602 Elizabeth Melville, A ne Godlie Dreame 1603 480 Sir William Mure, Doomesdaj Sir William Mure, The True Crucifixe for True 1628 896 Catholiques 1629 3236 Sir William Alexander, Doomes-Day 1637 1128 George Lauder, Hecatombe Christiana 1661 1000
Dunbar's Tretis of the Tua Mariit Wemen and the Wedo is set in the context of the relatively neglected French courtly mode of satire, while a chapter on David Lyndsay offers a persuasive reassessment of the relationship between Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis and French drama, and links Squyer Meldrum with the genre of chivalric biography.