Hector Boece

Born and educated in Dundee and Paris, Boece became professor of philosophy at the latter. He later became chief advisor to Bishop William Elphinstone, and was the first principal of the newly founded University of Aberdeen.

In 1527 he published his History of Scotland. This was a somewhat fanciful narrative, creating a character called Banquo, and demoting Gruoch, Scotland's earliest Queen regent and senior dynast of her time, to a mere Lady (Macbeth). Guess what' Holinshed used Boece, and Shakespeare used Holinshed, and so Macbeth was inspired.

Boece was also, respectively, a canon of Aberdeen, vicar of Tullynessie, and recor of Tyrie.