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ix Acknowledgements This collection has been an extraordinarily long time in the gathering. As a result, an equal debt of gratitude is owed to the contributors and to the general editors of the series, Ian Brown and Thomas Clancy, and to the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. The contributors have revised chapters, answered queries, expressed interest, and had complete confidence that the volume would be published. The series editors have done the same, and also intervened at crucial moments to ensure that publication happened. Thomas, in particular, has spent several months chivvying and checking, to bring the project to fruition. One of the distinguishing features of this collection has been to try to bring the different languages of Scottish writing together, specifically not to separate Gaelic and Latin into individual chapters, but rather to try to acknowledge the multilingual nature of Scottish writing. As a result, as editor I have learned a great deal, and I would like to thank the contributors for that, too. It has been a privilege to work with so many great scholars. Every editor needs encouragement, and I have received that from colleagues at Nottingham, including Lynda Pratt, Thorlac Turville-Petre and Joanna Martin, and from colleagues in Scottish studies, in addition to the contributors, such as Theo van Heijnsbergen and Rod Lyall. The School of English, University of Nottingham, has also helped more materially, with a grant to support proofreading and indexing. I have been working in Older Scots for some twenty-five years, and I owe an overwhelming debt to three groups of people: firstly, two Honours classes in Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow 1992 and 2001, whom I hope very much would have found this Companion to be precisely what they wanted; secondly, to the academic community, within and outwith Scotland, who are concerned with studying late medieval and early modern Scotland, its languages, its literatures, peoples and cultures, from whom I have learned how to be a scholar; and thirdly, to my family, who are prepared to show an interest in Older Scots just to humour me. THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK ...


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