Alexander Arbuthnot (printer)

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Alexander Arbuthnot
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Alexander Arbuthnot printer's device, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
Died 1 September 1585
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Printer
Spouse(s) Agnes Pennycuik
Parent(s) John Arbuthnot, Sr

Alexander Arbuthnot (died 1 September 1585) was an early printer in Edinburgh, Scotland, the fourth son of John Arbuthnot Sr in Portertown and of Legasland. He married one Agnes Pennycuick and died intestate.[1]

He printed the first edition of George Buchanan's first History of Scotland in 1582.[2]

The Scots Buik of the most noble and vailyzeand Conqueror Alexander the Great, printed by Alexander Arbuthnot about 1580, reprinted in 1831 for the Bannatyne Club, is not really a life. It contains three episodes of the cycle, the "Forray of Gadderis" (not taken from the Fuerre de Gadres but from the Assaut de Tyr in the Romans d'Alixandre), " The Avowes of Alexander," and "The Great Battel of Effesoun," taken from the Viceux du paon.[2]

Found in the British Library Catalogue: "Letter of the Privy Council 8 March 1575 to every parish to advance to Alexander Arbuthnet [sic] five pounds Scots for the printing of the Bible issued at Edinburgh with his imprint 1579".


  1. ^ The Scots Peerage
  2. ^ a b Encyclopædia Britannica 1911


  • Arbuthnot, Mrs P S-M (1920). Memories of the Arbuthnots. George Allen & Unwin. 
  • Sir James Balfour Paul, ed. (1908). The Scots Peerage. founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's 'Peerage of Scotland'. 
  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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