George Buchanan

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George Buchanan
BirthplaceKillearn, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Died
NationalityScottish
Occupation
historian, scholar

Buchanan, George

 

Born February 1506; died Sept. 28, 1582. Scottish politician, ecclesiastic reformer, adherent of the bourgeois trend of the Reformation, and historian.

Persecuted for his espousal of the idea of Reformation, Buchanan fled from Scotland in 1539 and returned to his homeland around 1561 after the victory of the Reformation. He turned against the Scottish queen Mary Stuart. After her abdication and flight from Scotland he became tutor of her son, King James VI, the future English king James I. He was the author of a book on the history of Scotland and of treatises in which are found expressions of the idea of struggle against tyranny, in particular, of the right of the people to elect and to depose their rulers.

WORKS

Rerum Scoticarum historia. Edinburgh, 1582.