Robert Pont (Scottish politician)
Robert Pont (1524–1606), Scottish
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 reformer, was educated at St. Andrews. In 1562 he was appointed minister at Dunblane
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 and then at Dunkeld
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; in 1563, Commissioner
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 for Moray
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, Inverness
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 and Banff. Then in succession he became minister of Birnie
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 (1567), provost
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 of Trinity College near Edinburgh
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 (1571), a lord of session
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 (1572), minister of St. Cuthbert's, Edinburgh (1573) and at St. Andrews (1581).

Pont was a strenuous champion of ecclesiastical independence, and for protesting against parliament
Parliament of Scotland
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ary interference in church government he was obliged to leave his country. From 1584 to 1586 he was in England
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, but returning north he resumed his prominence in church matters and kept it until his death in 1606. His elder son Timothy Pont
Timothy Pont
Timothy Pont was a Scottish topographer, the first to produce a detailed map of Scotland. Pont's maps are among the earliest surviving to show a European country in minute detail, from an actual survey.-Life:...

 (1565?-1614?) was a good mathematician
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, surveyor, and "the first projector of a Scottish atlas
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External links

  • Short biography from the National Library of Scotland
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