John Cameron

Biography of John Cameron

John Cameron (c 1579-1626) was a graduate of the University and a regent who became Principal in 1622.

Coming from a poor family, Cameron was educated at the University from 1595 to 1599 as a bursar, whose duties included ringing the bell for classes and carrying books to the lecture room. He graduated MA in 1599 and was appointed a regent in Greek, but left Glasgow the following year. He studied in France, Germany and Switzerland and became a minister. In 1618 he was appointed Professor of Divinity at Saumur, but fled to London in 1621, during the Huguenot rising. He was appointed Principal of the University and Professor of Theology the following year.

Cameron was unpopular in Glasgow for his staunch support of the royal authority and his adherence to Episcopalianism. He dismissed the regent Robert Blair for his failure to accept the "Five Articles of Perth" by which James I and VI attempted to bring worship in the Church of Scotland into line with the Church of England. In 1623, before the end of the academic year, he left the city. He subsequently became Professor of Divinity at Montauban but in 1625 was stabbed to death in a riot.


John Cameron

Born 1579.
Died 27 November 1625.
University Link: Graduate, Principal, Regent
GU Degree: MA, 1599; Arts,
Occupation categories: classical scholars; theologians
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Record last updated: 14th May 2009

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