The History of Leith

November 5, 2011

George Wishart

George Wishart (c. 1513 – 1 March 1546) was a Scottish religious reformer and Protestant martyr.

He belonged to a younger branch of the Wisharts of Pitarrow near Montrose. He may have graduated M.A., probably at King’s College, Aberdeen, and was certainly a student at the University of Leuven, from which he graduated in 1531. He taught the New Testament in Greek as schoolmaster at Montrose, until investigated for heresy by the Bishop of Brechin in 1538. He fled to England, where a similar charge was brought against him at Bristol in the following year by Thomas Cromwell. Under examination by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer he recanted some utterances. In 1539 or 1540 he may have visited Germany and Switzerland, but by 1542 he had entered Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he studied and taught

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