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Blair, James

Born: 1655 AD
Died: 1743 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Clergymen, Educators

American (Scottish-born) Anglican clergyman and educator


1656 – James Blair was born in Banffshire, Scotland, one of five children of Robert Blair, a clergyman.


Educated at Marischal College, University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh.


1679 – He was ordained in the national Church of Scotland.


1681 – Deprived of his parish in Edinburgh due to the conflict within the Episcopalian movement.


1685 – Became ordained in the Church of England.


1693-1743 – He was the main founder and 1st president of College of William and Mary.


Served as a member and for a time, president of the Governor’s Council in Virginia.


1710 – Rector of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg.


1711 – Organized the construction of the now-historic church building


1722 – Published Our Savior’s Divine Sermon on the Mount.


1727 – Published "The Present State of Virginia and the College".


1743 – James Blair died on 18th of April and was buried next to his wife Sarah Blair at Jamestown Island.