Scotlands first Protestant martyr. A Catholic cleric who
turned Lutheran during his stays on the continent, he wrote
his own interpretation of Luthers works, known as Patricks
Places. Hamilton was asked by Archbishop Beaton to preach in
St Andrews in 1528 but there he was seized, tried and convicted
of heresy. On 29 February he was burned at the stake, his body
taking six hours to burn. Ultimately, his death did more to
publicise Lutheranism than his life would have done.