Historian Gilbert Burnet was born - On this day in history


18 September 2019
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Scottish historian Gilbert Burnet was born on 18 September 1643. ...

Scottish historian Gilbert Burnet was born on 18 September 1643 in Edinburgh. Burnet was an author and theologian who became Bishop of Salisbury. He was home-schooled by his father before enrolling at the University of Aberdeen and achieving a MA in philosophy at the age of thirteen.

By the age of eighteen, Burnet was a doctor of divinity and began his career at the church of East Saltoun in East Lothian. His first book A History of the Reformation of the Church of England was published in 1679 and was followed by A History of My Own Time in 1683, which covered events from the English Civil War to the Treaty of Utrecht.

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