Anecdotage of Glasgow
Rev. Robert Baillie, Student, Professor,
and Principal of Glasgow College
THE Rev. Robert Baillie, who in his time occupied the
various positions above set forth, was born in the Salt-market in the
year 1599. His father was descended from the Baillies of Lamington, and
therefore from Sir William Wallace, the Scottish hero, patriot, and
martyr. He was author of several works, but the one of chief importance
is his Letters and Journals, a work of great historical value.
When Principal Baillie was in declining health, he
was visited by the new-made archbishop, Andrew
Fairfoul, to whom he thus expressed himself:-
"Mr. Andrew, I will not now call you my lord. King
Charles would have made me one of these lords; but I do not find in the
New Testament that Christ had any lords in His house."
Principal Baillie left a large family; one of his
daughters became the wife of Walkinshaw of Barrowfield, and thus by a
strange chance the ancestress of Miss Clementina Walkinshaw, well known
from her connection with the history of Prince Charles Edward Stuart.
Henry Home, better known as Lord Kaines, was great-grandson of the
Principal through the same daughter. Baillie died in 1662.
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