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George Strachan of the MearnsSeventeenth-century Orientalist$
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Tom McInally

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474466226

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466226.001.0001

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The Humanist Scholar

The Humanist Scholar

(p.29) Chapter Three The Humanist Scholar
George Strachan of the Mearns

Tom McInally

Edinburgh University Press

Using the entries in the album amicorum and references to Strachan’s published works, this chapter illustrates the recognition he received as a humanist scholar of note while pursuing a career at the University of Paris. His persistence in seeking patronage gained him financial and academic support from Cardinal Maffeo Barberini (later Pope UrbanVIII) who was papal nuncio in Paris. Strachan acted as informer on British matters to Barberini after the cardinal’s return to Rome. Their relationship soured and financial support was withdrawn. Strachan could not remedy the change in material circumstances that this caused. His attempts to gain patronage from James VI and I in England (in which he was aided by his friend Thomas Dempster of Muiresk) and Henri IV of France failed and, at the age of forty, and almost on impulse after a conversation with the eastern traveller, William Lithgow of Lanark, he decided to travel to the Holy Land to learn eastern languages.

Keywords:   Humanist Poet, University of Paris, Cardinal Maffeo Barberini, Thomas Dempster of Muiresk, Henri IV, William Lithgow of Lanark

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