Biography of Robert Boyd of Trochrig
Robert Boyd of Trochrig (1578-1627) was Principal of the University from 1615 to 1621. He also taught Theology, Hebrew and Syriac and was the minister of Govan.
Born in Glasgow, Boyd was the son of James Boyd (d 1581), the Archbishop of Glasgow and University Chancellor from 1572 until 1581. He was educated at Ayr Academy and the University of Edinburgh, and in 1597 he travelled to France to continue his studies in Divinity. In November 1604 he was ordained a pastor in the reformed church, and the following year he was appointed Professor of Philosophy at the University of Saumur. He became Professor of Divinity there in 1608.
Boyd returned to Glasgow at the invitation of King James VI and I, to become Principal of the University. He was respected for his great learning and as a poet, but resigned because of his Presbyterian belief that the Church of Scotland should not have bishops: he incurred the king's wrath by his unwillingness to support the Articles of Perth, measures intended to unify church practices between Scotland and England under an Episcopal system of church government.
Boyd became Professor of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh but had to leave when the King expressed his displeasure at the appointment. He was subsequently a minister in Paisley.