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Gilbert Burnet

(1643-1715), Bishop of Salisbury and historian

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 24 portraits
Fluent in Dutch, French, Latin, Greek and Hebrew, respected as a cleric, preacher, and academic, as well as a writer and historian. Burnet became Professor of Divinity at Glasgow University in 1669, but resigned in 1674 and moved to London after a disagreement with his patron, the Duke of Lauderdale. In 1685, he fled to France, and then Holland, on being accused of plotting against James II. When William of Orange became king, he appointed Burnet as his royal chaplain. Burnet was Bishop of Salisbury from 1689 to 1715. He wrote several books including History of the Reformation (1679), Exposition of the Thirty-Nine Articles (1699) and History of My Own Time (1724).

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