Baillie, Robert

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Baillie, Robert Gender: M
born on 30 April 1602 Jul.Cal. (10 May 1602 greg.) at 13:15 (= 1:15 PM )
Place Glasgow, Scotland, 55n53, 4w15
Timezone LMT m4w15 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 19°29' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 08°37 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 14°37'


Scottish theologian and a Church of Scotland minister who became famous as an author and a propagandist for the Covenanters. His Letters, by which he is now chiefly remembered, are of first-rate historical importance, and give a very lively picture of a period of great importance in Scottish history.

In Baillie's engagement with the theological and liturgical controversies of the mid-Seventeenth Century, he sought to reconcile his strong belief in maintaining Kirk unity with a firm adherence to a Christian doctrine dictated by the divine 'truth' revealed in Scripture.

Two large volumes of Baillie's sermons survive in manuscript. He was also conscientious in ensuring that copies were made of his outgoing correspondence and other documents with a view to creating a body of evidence which could be used to prepare a historical account of the Covenanters. This material remains a valuable source for historians of the period.

Baillie married twice and had several children. He died in August 1662 at age 60.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes The Life and Works of Robert Baillie (1602-1662): Politics, Religion and Record-Keeping in the British Civil Wars by Alexander D. Campbell (Boydell & Brewer, 2017), p. 1: "Robert Baillie was born in 1602 in Glasgow... True to form, he recorded his precise time of birth on a blank leaf of a student notebook: Friday 30 April at 1:15 pm."


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Military : Other Military (Scottish army chaplain)
  • Vocation : Religion : Other Religion (Theologian)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Letters)