SKENE, WILLIAM FORBES (1809 - 1892), Scottish historian and Celtic scholar

Name: William Forbes Skene
Date of birth: 1809
Date of death: 1892
Gender: Male
Occupation: Scottish historian and Celtic scholar
Area of activity: History and Culture; Literature and Writing; Scholarship and Languages
Author: Thomas Isfryn Jones

Born 7 June 1809 at Irvine, Inverness-shire, and died 29 August 1892 in Edinburgh. In 1868 he published The Four Ancient Books of Wales, containing Welsh verse from ‘The Book of Aneirin’, ‘The Book of Taliesin’, ‘The Black Book of Carmarthen’, and part of ‘The Red Book of Hergest’; the verse was translated for him by D. Silvan Evans and Robert Williams. This work was an attempt at separating the historical element from the imagined and fictitious in old Welsh poetry.

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Published date: 2001

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