James Sharp

(1618—1679) archbishop of St Andrews

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Archbishop. Sharp was educated at Aberdeen University and appointed professor of philosophy at St Andrews. At the Restoration he worked closely with Monck and was sent to Breda to negotiate with Charles II. He was appointed royal chaplain in Scotland, and made archbishop of St Andrews in 1661. He then began a determined attack upon the presbyterian clergy he had just left. In 1668 he escaped an attempted assassination but in 1679 fell into the hands of a covenanting group in Fife and was murdered. The incident led to the covenanting rising, suppressed at Bothwell Bridge.

Subjects: Christianity — British History.

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