Cardinal David Beaton (c1494–1546) Archbishop of St Andrews
David Beaton (c1494–1546) was Archbishop of St Andrews and the last Scottish Cardinal prior to the Reformation. He was a younger son of John Beaton of Balfour and was born in the county of Fife. Educated at the universities of St Andrews and Glasgow, in his sixteenth year he was sent to Paris, where he studied civil and canon law. He was Rector and Prebendary at Cambuslang from 1520 then became Commendator of Arbroath in 1524, and in 1528 was appointed keeper of the privy seal. On the death in 1539 of Archbishop James Beaton, his uncle and patron who had given him the prebend of Cambuslang, the Cardinal became Archbishop of St. Andrews. In 1544, he was made Papal legate in Scotland. He was murdered at St Andrews Castle in 1546.
Engraved by S. Freeman for ‘Lives of Illustrious and Distinguished’ by Robert Chambers, 1834. Published by Blackie & Son, Glasgow.
Image size approx. 101 x 108 mm