Major, John a Scottish historian and theologian, was born at Gleghorn, East Lothian, Scotland, in 1469.; was educated at Oxford, Cambridge, and Paris. After teaching a number of years in Paris, as professor of scholastic philosophy, he became professor of divinity, and subsequently provost at St. Andrews, in Scotland. He died in 1547. He published Commentaries on the Scriptures, besides works of a secular character. — Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.; Thomas, Dict. of Biog. and Mythol. s.v.