John Knox (1513-1572)

A prominent leader of the Scottish Reformation. Knox was born in Haddington, educated at St Andrews and ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1536. Persuaded to the Protestant cause under the martyr George Wishart, he pastored an English congregation for five years before fleeing from persecution to Scotland and then Geneva, where he ministered to an English congregation while studying under Calvin. After his return to Scotland, his fearless reform, fiery preaching and theological perspective influenced the Scottish Parliament’s rejection of the papacy in 1560 and their adoption of the Scots Confession coauthored by Knox.

(from Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition)


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