The History of Leith

June 6, 2008

The elusive Timothy Pont (c.1564-c.1614)

Unfortunately, few of the details of Timothy Pont’s life are recorded. In fact, there are just about a dozen fixed dates for his life, details of which are given in Timothy Pont: the facts, in The Pont family: a summary, and in The Pont family: a detailed report. We do not know exactly when or where he was born, although his father, the Reverend Robert Pont (1524-1606), lived at Shiresmill, Fife, and Timothy, his second son, may perhaps have been born there. Timothy’s father was a remarkable and important man in his own right. An eminent and influential Scottish clergyman, practising lawyer, and writer, Robert Pont was also deeply interested in astrology, chronology, and the natural world (Williamson, 1994). for more click here

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