John Paterson

Biography of John Paterson

John Paterson (1632-1708) was the last Archbishop of Glasgow and the Chancellor of the University from 1687 to 1691. He was the last churchman to be automatically appointed Chancellor of the University by virtue of his ecclesiastical office.

Paterson was the son of the Bishop of Ross and became a minister. He was Bishop of Galloway and Bishop of Edinburgh before his translation to the Glasgow See. Paterson was disliked in many quarters for his religious intolerance and one of his sons was accused of maltreating the High School pupil Robert Wodrow in 1688, solely because the latter's father was a Presbyterian minister. He was deprived of his See by the abolition of episcopacy in Scotland in 1691 and was succeeded as Chancellor by John, Lord Carmichael.


John Paterson
Archbishop of Glasgow

Born 1632, Scotland.
Died 9 December 1708.
University Link: Chancellor
Occupation categories: clergy
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P151188
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