Biography of James Beaton
James Beaton (c 1473-1539) was Archbishop of Glasgow and Chancellor of the University from 1508 until 1523.
A graduate of the University of St Andrews, Beaton was a churchman who, in 1505, became the Royal Treasurer. After his translation to the Glasgow See he strengthened his castle there, ordered important maintenance work at the Cathedral and built and repaired many bridges in the area, to facilitate trade. His also made attempts as Chancellor to bolster the reputation of the University, most notably in encouraging the scholar John Mair to become Principal in 1518.
Beaton became one of the most powerful men in Scotland during his time as Chancellor of the University, serving as a regent during the minority of King James V and, from 1515, as Chancellor of Scotland. He left Glasgow in 1523 after his translation to the See of St Andrews.