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Macduff, the Thane of Fife

Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 19, 1999

In Reply to: "Lead on McDuff" posted by Danny on December 18, 1999

: In Shakspear's MacBeth, "Lay on MacDuff..." is a provocation to a fight. Is this popular phrase "Lead on McDuff" just a missquote and missuse of Shakespear, or was there really some popular "leader" named McDuff?

It has been quite a while since I read Macbeth, but wasn't MacDuff a powerful lord or thane, a feudal baron who performed militarily for the king?
Macbeth killed MacDuff's family and MacDuff cut off MacBeth's head and gave the head as a present to the lawful king, Malcolm.