John Spottiswoode


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John Spottiswoode

  • Born: 1565
  • Marriage: Rachel Lindsay
  • Died: 27 Dec 1639 at age 74
  • Buried: Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Middlesex, England

  General Notes:

It was said by the author Douglas: "He became one of the greatest men of the kingdom for knowledge, learning, virtue and merit. He had few equals, and was excelled by none. He was Archbishop of St. Andrews, Lord High Chancellor of Scotland, etc., and in every station in life acquitted himself with dexterity, fidelity and honor, and as the life and transactions of this truly great man are fully recorded in his 'History of the Church of Scotland,' and briefly by Mr. Crawford in his 'Lives of the Officers of the State,' to these we refer the reader."

Archbishop Spottiswoode was descended from an ancient baronial family in the parish of Gordon, in the county of Berwick, being the son of the Rev. Dr. John Spottiswoode, 1510-1585, "a man of great learning and piety." In Allibone's "Directory of Authors" Dr. John Spottiswoode (the father) is given as "a zealous Protestant divine, one of the compilers of the First Book of Discipline, and of the confessions of Faith." Archbishop Spottiswoode, the Lord Chancellor, is esteemed a graceful as well as a strong writer. He died in Landon 27th of December, 1639, and by the King's order was most pompously interred in Westminster Abby.

John married Rachel Lindsay, daughter of Rev. David Lindsay Bishop of Ross and Unknown. (Rachel Lindsay was born about 1568.)

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