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LIFE

OF

ANDREW MELVILLE:

CONTAINING

ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL AND
LITERARY HISTORY OF SCOTLAND,
BURING THE LATTER FART OF THE SIXTEENTH AND
BEGINNING OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.

WITH AH APPENDIX. CONSISTING OF ORICINAL PAPKKS.

By THOMAS M'CRIE, D. T>.

MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL, EDINBURGH.
VOL. H.

EDINBURGH:

PRINTED FOR WILLIAM BLACKWOOD, EDINBURGH; AND
T. CADELL AND W. DA VIES, STRAND, LONDON.

Ciw &. Eidsk, Printers. CHAPTER VIII. 1592—1596.

Change of'professors in the New CollegeJames Melville becomes minister at Anstrutherand at Kilrinnyhis disinterested conductJohn Jonstonlearned Englishmen invited to ScotlandMelville elected rector of the university —firmness displayed by him in that officehe sits as an elder in the kirk session of St Andrewshis conduct as a member of presbytery death of Erskine of Dunpublic affairs—i Arran's return to court frustrated by the firmness of the ministersconspiracy of the popish lordstheir excommunication and criminal processreasons of the king's partiality to themcalumny against Melville and his nephew as favourers of Bothwellloyal disposition of the ministers of the churchMelville's reasoning before the Lords of Articleshe accompanies the expedition against the popish lordswho leave the kingdomMelville's poem on the birth of prince Henryhis broil with Balfour of Hurleydeath of chancellor Maitlandrenovation of the Covenantreturn of the popish lordsthe court renew their designs against the liberties of the VOL. II. A

churchsingular interview between the King and Melvillehis share in Blade's declinature tumult in Edinburgh.

Since the year 1586, Melville had met with no molestation in the performance of his academical duties. Nor did any thing deserving of particular notice occur in the College during this interval, except the changes in the professors who taught under him.

James Melville, from the time that he finished his studies at the university, intended to devote himself to the service of the church as a parochial minister; and the only thing which had prevented him from gratifying his predilection for this employment, was a conviction that his assistance was necessary to his uncle at the commencement of his literary operations. The affairs of the theological seminary at St Andrews were brought to such a settled and promising state, that, with the consent of all parties, he, in the autumn of 1586, accepted of a call from the parish of Anstruther, to which he was soon after admitted by the presbytery *. His prede- * " 1586. 22. day Oct. being Sonday, Mr James Melvill our ministair now began and ministered the sacrament of Baptisme as aftir follows in Anstruther." (Register of Births, &c. in Anstruther.) In the records of that session the name of Andrew Melville, an elder, frequently occurs; and as the witnesses at baptisms were generally the relations of the parents, it is probable, from the following minute, that he was allied to the Prin

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