Glasgow City, Scotland
|Death: ||Feb. 29, 1528, Scotland|
Patrick Hamilton was the second son of Sir Patrick Hamilton and Catherine Stewart. He studied at Wittenberg and he returned to Scotland preaching the Protestant doctrine. This was enough to upset the Catholic Church and Hamilton was arrested and brought to trial.
Hamilton was Scotland's first Reformation martyr, being burnt at the stake in an attempt to stop the Protestant teaching. But, as always, God succeeds. Hamilton's influence in Scotland was great; many people were converted by his testimony and Hamilton's teachings became a cornerstone of Protestant theology in Scotland and England.
When the martyr was brought to the stake, he removed his outer garments and gave them to his servant, with the words, "These will not profit me in the fire, but they will profit thee. Hereafter thou canst have no profit from me except the example of my death, which I pray thee keep in memory. For, though bitter to the flesh and fearful before man, it is the door of eternal life, being a release from this life into the presence of Christ, which none will attain who denies Christ Jesus before this ungodly generation."
His agony was prolonged by a slow fire so that his execution lasted six hours. But, through it all, he manifested true heroism and unshaken faith in the truth of the doctrines, which he preached. His last words were "How long, O Lord, shall darkness brood over this realm? How long wilt thou suffer this tyranny of man? Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."
The spot is today marked with a monogram of his initials set into the cobblestones.
Read the account of his faith in Foxes Book of Martyrs.
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Burned at the stake
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