Robert Leighton

Biography of Robert Leighton

Robert Leighton (1612?-1684) was Archibishop of Glasgow from and Chancellor of the University from 1671 to 1674. He founded two bursaries in Philosophy.

Leighton was Principal of the University of Edinburgh from 1653 to 1661 and Professor of Divinity there. He became Bishop of Dunblane in 1661 and Archbishop of Glasgow ten years later. However, he resigned from the archbishopric in 1674 and, after a short time in Edinburgh, spent the rest of his life in the south of England.

The Leighton Library in Dunblane was built in 1687 to house Leighton's personal library.


Robert Leighton
Archbishop of Glasgow

Born 1612.
Died 25 June 1684.
University Link: Benefactor, Chancellor
Occupation categories: clergy
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P17165
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Record last updated: 20th Feb 2008

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