Johnston, John a Scotch minister, was a native of Aberdeen, and flourished in the latter half of the 16th century. He was, like his relative Arthur Johnston (q.v.), of a poetical turn of mind, but he also served his Church (the Presbyterian) in the capacity of professor of divinity at St. Andrew's College. He died in 1612. He wrote Consolatio Christiana sub Cruce, etc. (1609, 8vo): — Jambi Sacra (1611): — Tertrustich r et Lemnmatae Sacra — Item Cantica Sacra — Item Icones Regum Judeoe et Israelis (Lugd. Bat. 1612, 4to); etc. See Allibone, Dict. of English and American Authors, vol. 2, s.v.