Scottish reformer. Born in Scotland, John Knox was ordained
as a Catholic priest between 1530 and 1540. He was converted
to Christ after he met two Bible-believing Christians,
Wishart and Beacon. Wishart was burned at the stake in 1546,
and shortly afterwards Knox was arrested by the authorities
and made a galley slave for 19 months.
He went to England in 1549 and preached the Bible
until the reign of Bloody Mary, during which time he lived in
Frankfort, Germany. There he came under the influence of
He returned to Scotland after several years in
Geneva, and began preaching against the Papal Church. He was
arrested under Queen Mary Stuart in 1560 and tried for treason, but was acquitted.
He spent his remaining years preaching and lecturing
in Edinburgh and St. Andrews. Above all others, he was the
maker of Protestant Scotland. He preached hellfire and damnation to Queen Mary of Scotland, and also to Bloody Mary,
queen of England. Of him it was said, "Here is one who never
feared the face of man."
NOTE: The dominating color red is indicative of
Knox, who was a red-haired Scotsman. It also stands for the
times of Bloody Mary, fire at the stake, and the spilled
blood of Scotish Protestants.