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Cardinal David Beaton

1494 - 1546

Bishop and politician. Born in Balfour (Fife) and educated at St. Andrews and Glasgow Universities. He negotiated both marriages of King James V (1512 - 1542) with the French court. As Abbot of Arbroath, Beaton sat in the Scottish Parliament from 1525.

Beaton was effectively the last Archbishop of St. Andrews, appointed to this position in 1539. Opposed by John Knox (c.1513-72), Beaton was murdered by Protestant reformers in the same year as he executed George Wishart (1513-46).

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