Wishart, George (2), Dd

Wishart, George (2), D.D.

a Scotch divine, was born at Yester, East Lothian, in 1609. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh; became a parish minister at North Leith and St. Andrews, where he refused to take the Covenant in 1639, for which refusal he was deprived of his living and imprisoned; made his way to Newcastle, England, where he was captured by the Scottish army in October, 1644, and taken to Edinburgh and thrown into the common jail, where he remained several months and suffered great hardships; joined the marquis of Montrose, to whom he became chaplain, and narrowly escaped execution with him in 1650; became chaplain to Elizabeth, the electress- palatine, and accompanied her to England at the Restoration in 1660; was then made rector of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and consecrated bishop of Edinburgh in 1662. He died at Edinburgh in 1671. He published an elegant Latin history of the Wars of Montrose. (1647), which was hung by a cord to the neck of the marquis at his execution. He left a second part, bringing the history down to the death of Montrose, which was never published in its original form, but a number of excellent translations of the whole work have been published at later dates. See Keith, Catalogue of the Bishops of Scotland; Lyon, Hist. of St. Andrews, 2, 10-12.

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