The world's oldest recorded use of the F-word has been found in a Scottish library.
The term ''f***'' was used by George Bannatyne during an outbreak of plague in 1568.
A merchant and student, he used the foul language in a book, which has been discovered in the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Dr. Joanna Kopaczyk, a senior lecturer of 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.''
Bannatyne wrote a book of poems during the plague lockdown, with one focusing on a war of words between two writers, William Dunbar and Walter Kennedy.
The original ''f***'' is uttered 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.''