John Durie I

Protestant reformer

By Dr Bruce Durie

John Durie, a cousin of Abbot George Durie, was born at Mauchline, Ayrshire in 1537

In 1557 he was a monk at Dunfermline Abbey, but being suspected of heresy by his cousin Abbot George Durie, he was sentenced to be confined for life. He is rescued by friends, who interceded with the Earl of Arran. Clearly, this set him against the rest of the (Catholic) family. It was his part in the St Giles Day riots (1 September 1558), to which Knox attributes the death of John's cousin, Bishop Andrew Durie.

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