Athune, James, Dd
Athune, James, D.D.
a Scotch clergyman, son of a commissary of Orkney, was born at Kirkwall in 1613; took his degree of M.A. at the Edinburgh University in 1636; studied divinity at Oxford in 1637; was chaplain to the marquis of Hamilton in 1638; presented by the king to the living of Birsay in 1642; deposed in 1649, and for taking part with the marquis of Montrose in 1650
he was excommunicated. He fled to Holland in 1653, afterwards returned to Edinburgh, and lived privately till 1660. Parliament granted him £100 for his sufferings. On visiting London he was collated by Brian Walton, bishop of Winchester, to the living of Winnifrith; was appointed minister at Elgin in 1677; elected bishop of Moray the same year; consecrated in 1679; transferred to the see of Galloway in 1680, and died November 15, 1687. He made a bold stand in Parliament, in 1686, against rescinding the penal statutes respecting popery. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanc, 3:392, 452, 778.