Rollock, Robert first principal of the College of Edinburgh, was born in 1555 in the vicinity of Sterling, Scotland. From the school at Sterling he went to the University of St. Andrew's, and became a student of St. Salvator's College. As soon as he had taken his degree he was chosen professor of philosophy, and began to read lectures in his own college. He left St. Andrew's in 1583, having been chosen in 1582 to be the principal and professor of divinity of the new Edinburgh University. In 1593 he with others was appointed by Parliament to confer with the popish lords. In 1595 he was appointed one of the visitors of the colleges, and in 1597 was chosen moderator of the General Assembly. He died at Edinburgh, Feb. 28, 1598. His only English work is, Certain Sermons on Several Places of St. Paul's Epistles (Edinb. 1597, 8vo). The rest of his works are in Latin — commentaries on Daniel, St. John's Gospel, Psalms, and on most of the epistles. He also published Prolegomena in Primum Librum Quoes. The. Bezoe: — Tractatus de Vocatione Efficaci (Edinb. 1597): — Quoestiones et Responsiones Aliquot de Foedere Dei, etc. (ibid. 1596, 8vo): — Tractatus Brevis de Providentia Dei: — and Tractatus de Excommunicatione (Lond. 1604; Geneva, 1602, 8vo). See Adam [Melchior], Life of Rollock (supplement to Encyclop. Brit.); Spottiswood, Hist. Book, 6; Chalmers, Biographical Dictionary, s.v.; Allibone, Dictionary of British and American Authors, s.v.