George Buchanan

BUCHANAN, George. b. Killearn, near Glasgow, February 1506; d. Edinburgh, 28 September 1582. He was educated at the University of Paris (1520-22), the University of St Andrews (BA 1525), and the Scots College in Paris (BA 1527, MA 1528). After a successful early career in Paris, he returned to Scotland in 1537, where he wrote Somnium, a satire on the Franciscans. At this time he was still a Catholic, but a critical one. Imprisoned in 1539 during a persecution of Lutheran sympathisers, he escaped to France. He taught for a time at Bordeaux, where the great essayist Montaigne was one of his pupils, and then in Portugal, returning to Scotland in 1560 or 1561. He was appointed tutor to the...

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