George Buchanan (1506-1582)

August 31, 2009

Tutor to King James V, Mary Queen of Scots and King James VI.
George Buchanan’s Latin satires on the friars invited the resentment of Cardinal Beaton and he was consequently imprisoned for a time When he irritated members of the Inquisition in Portugal he was confined to a monastery. While in prison George worked on a translation of the Psalms of David into Latin. In 1567 he was appointed moderator of the general assembly – the elected leader of the Church of Scotland. He showed his hostility to the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots by providing evidence against her at her trial in England. This evidence eventually led to her execution.

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