Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Durie, John (d.1587)

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DURIE, JOHN (d. 1587), a Scotch jesuit, was ‘the son before he was abbat of the abbat of Dunfermling, brother to the lord of Duries’ (Thynne, Catalog of the Writers of Scotland, p. 463). He was born at Dunfermline, and educated at Paris and Louvain. He became a professed father of the Society of Jesus, and in 1582 he was residing at Clermont College in Paris, being then ‘presbyter et theologus.’ Father Anthony Possevin highly commends him for his learning and eloquence. Durie died in Germany in 1587. His only published work is entitled: ‘Confutatio Responsionis Gulielmi Whitakeri … ad Rationes decem, quibus fretus Edmundus Campianus … certamen Anglicanæ Ecclesiæ Ministris obtulit in Caussa Fidei,’ Paris, 1582, 8vo; Ingoldstadt, 1585, 8vo.

[Dempster's Historia Ecclesiastica (1829), i. 237; Tanner's Bibl. Brit. p. 242; Mackenzie's Scottish Writers, ii. 470; Southwell's Bibl. Scriptorum Soc. Jesu, p. 440; De Backer's Bibl. des Écrivains de la Compagnie de Jésus (1869), i. 1693; Dodd's Church Hist. ii. 141; Holinshed's Chronicles (1587), p. 463; Catholic Miscellany, ix. 33; Foley's Records, vi. 217, vii. pt. i. p. 217; Gordon's Catholic Mission in Scotland, p. 543; Oliver's Jesuit Collections, p. 20; Cat. of Printed Books in Brit. Mus.]

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