Boece, or Boyce, or Boys, Hector (known as Boethius), was born at Dundee of a noble Scottish family about 1465. His education was finished in the university of Paris, and he became a professor in the college of Montaigu, where he acquired the lasting friendship of Erasmus. About 1500 he returned to Scotland as principal of the newly-founded King's College, Aberdeen, at a salary of forty-four shillings per annum, but he was also canon of the cathedral, and held other preferment. In 1522 appeared his Lives of the Bishops of Aberdeen, in Latin, and his famous History of the Scots in the same language was published in 1527. The style of this composition is elegant, if not quite correct, but as regards matter his patriotism outruns his veracity, and he seems not only to have invented facts, but to have supported them by fictitious authorities. He probably died at Aberdeen in 1536.