Friday, September 18, 2015

18 September 1643 A.D. Gilbert Burnet Born—(Scottish born) Church of England Bishop, & Scholar of the English Reformation



18 September  1643 A.D.  Gilbert Burnet Born—(Scottish born) Church of England Bishop, & Scholar of the English Reformation
Gilbert Burnet (1643 to 1715)
Church of England
This outspoken moderate cared for impoverished pastors.
Gilbert Burnet was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He pastored in Scotland, taught at the University of Glasgow and became chaplain to the English rulers William and Mary. As Bishop of Salisbury, he was a model of zeal and activity. Outspoken against Catholicism, Burnet was nonetheless moderate in his treatment of dissenters and other opponents. His personal character was so high that the dying Earl of Rochester, who had lived a profligate life, called him to his bedside for spiritual counsel. Burnett helped inaugerate the ecclesiastical provision known as Queen Anne's Bounty which was designed to augment the income of the poorer Anglican clergy. He wrote several books which were highly regarded in their day, including a History of the Reformation in England.

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