Thomas Smeaton

Biography of Thomas Smeaton

Thomas Smeaton or Smeton (1536-1583) was Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1577 and Principal of the University from 1580 until his death.

Born in Perthshire, Smeaton studied and was a regent at St Salvator's College, St Andrews, and went to Paris in 1560 where he became a Jesuit. In 1573 he left the Catholic Church and he returned to Scotland in 1577 as Minister of Paisley Abbey and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University. He succeeded Andrew Melville as Principal and supported his reforms. In 1583 he was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.


Thomas Smeaton

Born 1536, Gask, Scotland.
Died 13 December 1583.
University Link: Alumnus, Faculty Dean, Principal, Regent
Occupation categories: clergy; theologians
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Record last updated: 19th Feb 2008

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