James Wedderburn

WEDDERBURN, James. b. Dundee, Scotland, ca. 1495; d. Dieppe or Rouen, France, 1553. James was the eldest of (probably) four brothers, the son of a merchant of Dundee. The others were John*, Robert and Henry (there may have been others). James was a student at St Andrews University (matriculated 1514), but left without taking a degree. He became a merchant in northern France, but returned at some point before 1539 to Dundee. He wrote two plays, The Beheading of Johne the Baptist and The Historie of Dyonisius the Tyrant, which are no longer extant but which were performed in 1539 and 1540 and caused offence to the local church dignitaries. A bold reforming Protestant, James Wedderburn is...

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