Biography of John Howieson
John Howieson (d1618) was Minister of Cambuslang. In 1613 he mortified 1,000 marks in support of a bursar and he subsequently gifted books to the College library.
Howieson was Moderator of the Presbytery of Glasgow in 1582 when it met to oppose the imposition of a new archbishop. According to James Coutts, an historian of the University, the city's magistrates and armed supporters broke into the meeting and attempted to halt proceedings. The Provost hauled Howieson from his chair and rained blows on the minister, knocking out one of his teeth, before locking him up in the Tolbooth. University students who attempted to rescue him were driven off, and some were wounded in the affray.