George Buchanan (1506-1582)

August 6, 2009

A tutor of King James V, Mary Queen of Scots and the young King James VI, Buchanan incurred the enmity of Cardinal Beaton by his Latin satires on the friars and was imprisoned for a time. He later fell under the displeasure of the Inquisition in Portugal and was for a time confined in a monastery there. He spent his time in prison working on a translation of the Psalms of David into Latin. He subsequently became identified with Protestantism and was appointed moderator of the general assembly (the elected leader of the Church of Scotland) in 1567. He became conspicuously hostile to the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots and went so far as to provide evidence against her at her trial in England which ultimately led to her execution.

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