DescriptionKing James V of Scotland Signed Document, as king, one page with later docketing on the verso, 8" x 4.75", inlaid on a larger sheet (9" x 6" overall), September 16, 1538, Dunbar Castle. There are some stains to the original document, else very good. Sold with a nineteenth century verbatim transcription and an eighteenth century engraving of James.
The document is an order on the exchequer to pay Sir James Haldane for his service as Governor of the "Castell of Dunber". Sir James was the keeper of the king's castle of Dunbar, the greatest fortresses in Scotland, situated over the harbor of the town of Dunbar, in East Lothian.
James V (1512-1542) was King of Scots from September 9,1513 until his death. He was the father of Mary Queen of Scots. According to legend James would sometimes travel around his kingdom disguised as a common man, describing himself as the Goodman of Ballengeich, and sometimes even seducing women. However it has been suggested that, if he did do this, many people may have recognized him because of his red hair.
In an experiment to determine if language was learned or innate, James sent two children to be raised by a mute woman in a specially-constructed cabin, to. Since neither child ever spoke, he determined that language must be learned.
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