The world’s first-ever use of the F-word has been found.
George Bannatyne’s earliest f*** dates back to 1568 during an outbreak of plague.
A merchant and student, he used the foul language in a book he wrote while in a version of today’s coronavirus lockdown.
The document has been discovered in the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Dr Joanna Kopaczyk, senior lecturer in Scots and English at the University of Glasgow, said: “This is the earliest surviving record of the word f***. It may not make the tourist trail, but in our national library we have the first written f*** in the world.
“I think that’s something to be proud of.”
During the plague epidemic – for which some doctors may have worn a beak-like mask – Bannatyne stayed in Edinburgh.
While in lockdown, he put together a book of poems, The Flyting Of Dunbar And Kennedy, that included a war of words between two writers, William Dunbar and Walter Kennedy.
The original f*** was used by Kennedy, who calls Dunbar a “wan f***it funling”.
A spokesman for the National Library of Scotland said: “The manuscript contains swearwords that are common in everyday language.”