John Spottiswoode

Biography of John Spottiswoode

John Spottiswoode (1565-1639) was a University graduate who became Archbishop of Glasgow and Chancellor of the University from 1603 until 1614. He presented 1,000 Merks to the University building fund.

Born near Edinburgh, Spottiswood matriculated at the University of Glasgow aged 12 or 13 and graduated MA in 1581. He became a prominent churchman and a favourite of King James VI and I.

Spottiswoode was heavily involved with his government duties and did not spend a lot of time in Glasgow: he relied on the Principal Patrick Sharp to manage the affairs of the University and Presbytery. However, his influence at the court of King James is believed to have been an important factor when Glasgow was granted Royal Burgh status in 1611. He was translated to the See of St Andrews in 1615.


John Spottiswoode
Archbishop of Glasgow

Born 1565, Greenbank, Scotland.
Died 25 November 1639.
University Link: Chancellor, Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1581; Arts,
Occupation categories: clergy
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P158483
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Record last updated: 14th May 2009

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