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Bishop George Wishart

Bishop George Wishart
Holyrood Abbey and Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland

On the North wall of the North Aisle
Bishop George Wishart was born in Haddington c.1599 the descendant of the family of Longie in Angus.
He was educated at the U niversity of St Andrews and was ordained in 1625 where he served North Lieth until 1638 when he was disposed for refusing to take the Covenant.
He was a minister at Monfrieth also.
He was a strong supporter of the episcopacy and a strong Royalist. As a result he suffered regular raides on his lodgings, his goods plundered and he was finally imprisoned in "The thiefs hole", a notorious cell in the old tolbooth in Edinburgh.
When he was released in 1639 he became the chaplain to the Marquis of Montrose, and they left Scotland for England.
In Newcastle he was imprisoned again, during the Bishops' War because of his involvement with Montrose. He was released after the Battle of Kilsyth.
In 1650 Montrose was executed, It is said that he had a copy of his biography, written by Wishart, around his neck.
After the death of his patron he was appointed as chaplain to Elizabeth of Bohemia, Sister of Charles I, with whom he went to England with to visit her nephew Charles II in 1660.
After the restoration was complete he became the vicar of St Andrews in Newcastle.
3 June 1662 he was created Bishop of Edinburgh.
26 July 1671 he died and was buried in the nave of Holyrood.
It is said that because of his time imprisoned, before every meal he would say grace and ask a special blessing for those imprisoned.