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Hamilton, Patrick

(ca. 1504–28). Scot. Prot. martyr; educ. Paris and Louvain; began openly to promote Luth. doctrine in Scot. 1526; charged with heresy 1527, he fled to Ger., where he became acquainted with M. Luther* and P. Melanchthon*; matriculated at the U. of Marburg in spring 1527; returned to Scot. after 6 mo.; preached in various places; probably ordained; married; taught at St. Andrews U. 1528; executed for heresy by burning February 29, 1528. Works include Loci Communes (also called Patrick's Pleas and Patrick's Places), an epigrammatic discussion of the doctrine of justification and the distinction bet. Law and Gospel; it influenced Eng. and Scot. theol.

P. Lorimer, Precursors of Knox: or, Memoirs of P. Hamilton … A. Alane … and Sir D. Lindsay (Edinburgh, 1857). NST

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