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John Ireland

(c. 1440—1495) theologian


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(c.1440–1495) Theologian and public servant; he studied at St Andrews and then at Paris, where he supported the controversial nominalist theology associated with the thought of William of Ockham. His surviving works include two books of his Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard (1480s), a treatise On Penance and Confession (1484) in the Asloan Manuscript, and The Meroure of Wyssdome (completed 1490), a substantial treatise in Middle Scots in which he praises Geoffrey Chaucer for his treatment of divine foreknowledge in Troilus and Criseyde. See The Meroure of Wyssdome, ed. C. Macpherson, F. Quinn, and C. Macdonald, 3 vols (1926–90).

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