Robert Aytoun

Sir Robert Aytoun or Ayton was a Scottish poet. Ayton was the son of Ayton of Kinaldie House in Fife. He and his elder brother entered St Leonard's College in St Andrews in 1584. After graduating MA from St. Andrews in 1588, he studied civil law at Paris, became ambassador to the Emperor, and held other court offices. He appears to have been well known to his literary contemporaries in Scotland and England. He became court poet to the queen of King James I and VI. He wrote poems in Latin, Greek, and English, and was one of the first Scots to write in standard English. His major work was Diophantus and Charidora. Inconstancy Upbraided is perhaps the best of his short poems. He is ... more on Wikipedia

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