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John Spottiswoode


1510 - 1585

Protestant leader. Spottiswoode graduated from the University of Glasgow before travelling to London where he was ordained a priest. He became Rector of the Kirk of Calder at Mid Calder where he was preaching at the time of the Reformation. An enthusiastic supporter of John Knox (c.1513-72) whom he welcomed to Calder House to celebrate the first Protestant Communion (1556). In 1560, Spottiswoode contributed to the Confession of Faith and the First Book of Discipline. He went on to become Superintendent of the Lothians, Merse and Teviotdale, crowning King James VI in 1567. His son was Archbishop Spottiswoode (1565 - 1639), who crowned King Charles I in 1633 and tried the introduce the Episcopal system to Scotland.


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