Gilbert Burnet (1643 - 1715)

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Birthplace: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Death: Died
Occupation: Bishop and historian
Managed by: James Burnett of Leys
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About Gilbert Burnet

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"Gilbert Burnet (18 September 1643 – 17 March 1715) was a Scottish theologian and historian, and Bishop of Salisbury. He was fluent in Dutch, French, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Burnet was respected as a cleric, a preacher, and an academic, as well as a writer and historian. He was associated with the Whig party...

...Burnet was born at Edinburgh, Scotland in 1643, the son of Robert Burnet, Lord Crimond, a Royalist and Episcopalian lawyer, who became a judge, and of Rachel Johnston, the sister of Johnston of Warristoun, a leader of the Covenanters. His father was his first tutor until he began his studies at the University of Aberdeen, where he earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy at the age of thirteen. He studied law briefly before changing to theology, and earned his Doctor of Divinity by the age of eighteen. He did not enter into the ministry at that time, but travelled for several years. He visited Oxford, Cambridge, London, the United Provinces and France. He studied Hebrew under a Rabbi in Amsterdam. By 1665 he returned to Scotland and was ordained in the Episcopal Church by the Bishop of Edinburgh...

...He married several times, once to Lady Margaret Kennedy, daughter of John Kennedy, 6th Earl of Cassilis. His sons included William Burnet and Gilbert Burnet. His daughter Elizabeth married Richard West a distinguished lawyer who became Lord Chancellor of Ireland, and was the mother of Richard West the younger, the poet and friend of Thomas Gray."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Gilbert Burnet', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 9 November 2012, 09:05 UTC, <> [accessed 17 November 2012]

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Gilbert Burnet, Bishop of Salisbury's Timeline

September 18, 1643
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
September 21, 1643
Age 8
Entered Marischal College
December 2, 1669
Age 26
Admitted Professor of Divinity in Univ. of Glasgow, resigned 10th Sept. 1674
Age 27
Glasgow, Scotland
Age 36
Appointed preacher at the Rolls Chapel, London, and Lecturer at St Clement Danes; D.D. (Oxon. 1680); deprived in 1684
May 25, 1685
Age 41
The Hague, Holland
March, 1688
Age 44
The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Nederland
Age 44
Chaplain to William of Orange
Age 45
Appointed Bishop of Salisbury