Forbes, John (2)

Forbes, John a Scotch clergyman, third son of William Forbes of Corse, was born about 1566; studied at San Salvator's College, and took his degree from the University of St. Andrews in 1583; was admitted to the living at Alford in 1593. He was commissioned in 1605 to wait upon the king to inform his majesty what the assembly of Aberdeen had done in opposition to the royal pleasure, he having been the moderator. The privy council condemned him to be imprisoned, first in Edinburgh castle, then in the castle at Blackness. In 1606, he, with five others, was tried at Linlithgow on the charge of treason, declining to acknowledge the authority of the privy council, and banished, October 23, 1606, for life. He went to Sedan in 1607, became the minister to the British merchants at Middleburgh, laid the foundation of a Scottish church there in 1611, removed to the church at Delft in 1621, was displaced by orAer of the British government, and died about 1634. He published, The Saint's Hope, and its Infalibleness (1608): — Two Sermons (eod.): — A Treatise Tending to the Clearing of Justification (1616, 4to): — A Treatise how God's Spirit may be Discerned fiom Man's Spirit (Lond. 1617): — Four Sermons on 1 Timothy 6 (1635, 4to): — Certain Records Touching the Estate of the Kirk in 1605, 1606: Three Letters to James VI (1851). See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:545.

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