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Biographical Notices of Eminent Ministers of the Church of Scotland.
Jesus with great fervency and bolda PATRICK HAMILTON, THE FIRST
ness, and to lay open the errors SCOTTISH REFORMER.
and corruptions of the church of
Rome. This soon alarmed the Tuis gentleman was of royal desa whole body of the clergy, and parcent; a circumstance in providence ticularly James Beaton, Archbishop that was subservient to raise more of St. Andrew's, who laboured to attention to his excellent doctrine, get Mr. Hamilton to come to him holy life, and patient suffering. He at St. Andrew's, where, after several possessed a most amiable disposi- days conference, he was dismissed, tion, and was well educated." He Beaton seeming to approve of his Fas very early made abbot of Ferne, doctrine, and acknowledging that with a view to his being one day many things wanted reformation in more highly preferred. At the age the church. Mr. Hamilton not of twenty-three, he, with three com suspecting the malice and treachery panions, travelled into Germany of his enemies, remained at St. in pursuit of religious knowledge, Andrew's. There, after a mock trial, and coming into Wittenburg, he they proceeded to pronounce senmet with Luther and Melancthon, tence upon him as an obstinate with whom he held frequent and heretic. Being thus condemned, he close conference, and by whom he was delivered over to the secular was well instructed in the doctrines power; and after dinner, on the same of the Gospel. He grew daily in day, the fire was prepared and he grace and in the knowledge of our was led to execution. Neither the Lord Jesus, and being well esta. love of life, though in youth, nor blished in the faith, and much im- fear of this cruel death, could in proved in all useful learning, he the least move him from the truth returned with one of his companions he had boldly confessed. At the to Scotland, desirous to impart the place of execution he gave his serknowledge of the true religion to vant, who had attended him, his his countrymen. With this view, gown, coat, and other garments, he began to preach the Gospel of saying, “These are the last things
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