George Wishart

c.1513-1546. Scottish Reformer and martyr. Born into a family with aristocratic connections, he evidently graduated from Aberdeen, having acquired a knowledge of NT Greek which he taught pupils at school in Montrose. Charged with heretical tendencies, he went first to England, then to the Continent, where he became acquainted with the first Helvetic Confession* which he was the first to translate into English. He returned to England about the end of 1542, spent a year teaching at Cambridge, then in 1543 or 1544 went back to Scotland and preached the Gospel, particularly in Angus. He based his exposition on the Ten Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, and the Apostles' Creed. In Dundee he ministered fearlessly to those sick and dying of the plague, and survived an attempt on his life. The converted priest John Knox* was found thereafter bearing a sword for his protection. Finally seized at Ormiston in East Lothian, he was taken to St. Andrews, and against the will of regent and people, at the instigation of David Cardinal Beaton* he was condemned to death and burnt at the stake.