Brother of David Beaton, Archbishop of Saint Andrews, Chancellor of Scotland, and one of the Council of Regents for the infant James V; died Saint Andrews, Scotland.
He used his powerful influence against the intrigues of Henry VIII to dominate Scotland.
On his translation from the See of Glasgow (1509-1522) to Saint Andrews he established there a new college, Saint Mary's, in connection with the university.
Under orders of the pope and the king he displayed great severity towards the propagation of heresy.
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