Baillie, Robert (1599-1662)

Baillie, Robert, Presbyterian divine, was born at Glasgow in 1599, and educated at the university of that city. In 1622 he received episcopal ordination, and was shortly after presented to the parish of Kilwinning. In 1637 he refused to preach in favour of Laud's service-book, in 1638 sat in the famous General Assembly of Glasgow, in 1639 served as chaplain in the Covenanting army at Duns Law, and in 1640 was selected to go to London, with other commissioners, and draw up charges against Archbishop Laud. On his return to Scotland in 1642 he was appointed joint-professor of Divinity at Glasgow. In 1643 he was again sent to London as a delegate to the Westminster Assembly, in 1649 was chosen by the church to proceed to Holland, and invite Charles II. to accept the Covenant and crown of Scotland. He performed his mission skilfully; and, after the Restoration, was made Principal of Glasgow University. He died July 1662. See his valuable Letters and Journals, edited by David Laing (3 vols. Bannatyne Club, 1841-42).
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 60.

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