See also:laird of Dun, was
See also:born in 1509, and was educated at
See also:Aberdeen . At the age of twenty-one Erskine was the cause—probably by accident—of a
See also:death, and was forced to go abroad, where he came under the influence of the new learning . It was through his agency that Greek was first taught in Scotland by Petrus de Marsiliers at Montrose . This fact counted for much in the progress of the Reformation . Erskine was also
See also:drawn towards the new faith, being a close friend of
See also:Wishart, the reformer, from whose
See also:fate he was saved by his
See also:wealth and influence, and of John Knox, whose advice openly to discountenance the mass was given in Lhe lodgings of the laird of Dun . In the stormy controversies of the
See also:time of Mary
See also:Stuart and
See also:James VI . Erskine was a conspicuous figure and a moderating influence . He was able to soothe the
See also:queen when her feelings had been outraged by Knox's denunciations—being a man "most gentill of nature "—and frequently acted as mediator both between the catholic and reforming parties, and among the reformers themselves . In 156o he was appointed—though a layman—superintendent of the reformed
See also:church of Scotland for
See also:Angus and Mearns, and in 1572 he gave his assent to the modified episcopacy proposed by
See also:Morton at the
See also:convention . Though never himself ordained, he was held in such high esteem by the leaders of the church as to be more than once elected moderator of the general
See also:assembly (first in 1564), and he was amongst those who in 150 drew up the Second
See also:Book of Discipline . From 1579 he was a member of the king's council . He died in 1591 .
Erskine owed his
See also:peculiar influence among the Scottish reformers to the union —rare in those days—of steadfast convictions with a conciliatory manner; Queen Mary described him as " a mild and sweet-natured man, with true honesty and uprightness." See the " Dun Papers " in the Spalding
See also:Miscellany, vol. iv . (1849), and the article by T . F .
See also:Henderson in the Dict . Nat . Biog .
HENRY ERSKINE (1746-1817)
JOHN ERSKINE (1721-1803)
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