Andrew Hay

Biography of Andrew Hay

Andrew Hay (d 1593) was a graduate of the University and served as Rector from 1569 to May, 1586. He gifted books to the University library.

Hay was the brother of another famous churchman, George (c.1530-1588) and the father of another University Rector, John. He is believed to have been a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Paris, and was a Canon of Glasgow Cathedral and Prebend of Renfrew by 1556. In 1559 he became a parson and minister of Hamilton and soon after he was Commissary of Hamilton. In 1566 he was accused of involvement in the murder of David Riccio, the secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots, but subsequently released from imprisonment. In 1572 he was appointed a dean of Glasgow Cathedral.

The University was in a serious state of decay when Hay became Rector in 1569, and he made vigorous efforts to restore its fortunes. In 1573 he was a key figure in drawing up a new consitution for the University, as part of its re-foundation by the town council of Glasgow. He was instrumental the following year in persuading the eminent theologian Andrew Melville to become Principal, an appointment which resulted in the rise of the University's reputation as a centre of learning and teaching. In 1581 he strenuously opposed the translation of the Tulchan archbishop Robert Montgomery to the Glasgow See and his installation as Chancellor of the University, and in 1584 he was warded north of the Tay, probably for continuing his protests. He resigned as Rector in 1586.

Hay collaborated with Melville in producing the Second Book of Discipline in 1578. He was a Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1574 and 1580.


Andrew Hay

Died 1593.
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