Peter Rollo, Bishop of Dunkeld
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About Peter Rollo, Bishop of Dunkeld
"Peter Rollock [or Rollo] of Pilton, son of Andrew R. of Duncrubb and Marion, daugh. and heiress of David Rollo of Menmuir ; educated for the law both at home and on the Continent, and passed as advocate before 1573 ; a licence for his election to this See was granted to the Dean and Chapter 26th March 1585 ; app. 2nd April following. In 1586 the General Assembly appointed a commission of mins. to take trial of his character and doctrine, and in the following year the Assembly ordered the commission " to proceed in their work " ; adm. Extraordinary Lord of Session 19th May 1596, and an Ordinary Lord 14th Dec. 1598. In 1603 he accompanied James VI. to England and became Comptroller of the Household ; returned to Scotland in March 1605, and dem. his Bishopric Feb. 1607 ; deprived of his office as Extraordinary Lord 20th Dec. 1609, but was restored 5th April 1610 and held office till 1620 when he resigned. On 21st Sept. 1611 an attempt was made on his life by two sons of Matthew Finlayson of Killeith, with whom he had a lawsuit. While he was returning from Restalrig to Pilton they waylaid him, shooting with their pistols which missed fire. He died 30th June 1632. He marr. (1) circa 1594, Christian Cant, widow of Colonel Henry Balfour and Captain John Balfour : (2) after 1st Sept. 1607, Elizabeth Weston (died s.p. Oct. 1621), widow of John Fairlie of Bruntisfield. He had a natural son, Walter."
SOURCE: Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae: the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the reformation, Vol. VII, page 339
- The Scots peerage, Vol. VII, page 191-193