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Blind Harry's Wallace
Editions and Versions

Blind Harry's Wallace has been one of the most popular works of historical literature in Scotland and was one of the first books to be printed there, c. 1508, by Chepman and Myllar, Edinburgh. Several editions and versions have been published over the course of the next four centuries:

  • The Actis and Deidis of the Illuster and Vailyeand Campioun, Schir William Wallace, Knicht of Ellerslie, Robert Lekpreuik, Edinburgh, 1570.
  • The Lyfe and Actis of the Maist Illvster and Vailzeand Campiovn William Wallace, Knicht of Ellerslie, Mainteiner and defender of the libertie of Scotland, Henry Charteris, Edinburgh, 1594.
  • The Life and Heroick Actions of the Renoun'd Sir William Wallace, General and Governour of Scotland, William Hamilton of Gilbertfield, William Duncan, Glasgow, 1722.
  • The Scottish Chiefs, Jane Porter, 1809. (A novelization)
  • The Life and Acts of Sir William Wallace of Ellerslie By Henry the Minstrel, John Jamieson, Editor. Maurice Ogle & Co., Glasgow, 1869.
  • The Actis and Deidis of the Illustere and Vailyeand Campioun Schir William Wallace Knicht of Ellerslie by Henry the Minstrel Commonly Known as Blind Harry, James Moir, Editor, Scottish Text Society, William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1889.
  • The Actis and Deidis of Schir William Wallace, William Craigie, Editor, Scottish Text Society, Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints, New York, 1940.
  • Hary's Wallace, Matthew P. McDiarmid, Editor, Scottish Text Society, William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1968-69. (Two volumes.)
  • Blind Harry's Wallace, William Hamilton of Gilbertfield, Luath Press Limited, Edinburgh, 1998.

The version of Blind Harry's Wallace presented on this site is The Life and Heroick Actions of the Renoun'd Sir William Wallace, General and Governor of Scotland, by William Hamilton of Gilbertfield, first published by William Duncan, Glasgow, in 1722, last issued in 1859. The original spelling has been retained; quotation marks and paragraph breaks have been inserted for ease of comprehension.

A synopsis of each Book in modern American English is provided on the Index of Books and Chapters page.

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