John Parker Lawson

John Parker Lawson (died 1852) was a clergyman of the Episcopal Church of Scotland and historian.


Ordained a minister in the Episcopal Church of Scotland, he was for some time a chaplain in the British Army. Later he lived in Edinburgh, writing for the booksellers.


His works include:

  • The Life of George Wishart of Pitarrow, Edinburgh, 1827.
  • Life and Times of William Laud, … Archbishop of Canterbury, 2 vols., London, 1829.
  • The History of Remarkable Conspiracies connected with English History during the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth Centuries, 2 vols., Edinburgh, 1829. This was issued in Constable's Miscellany.
  • The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, Edinburgh, 1836.
  • Gazetteer of the Old and New Testaments, with Introductory Essay by William Fleming, 2 vols., Edinburgh, 1838.
  • Historical Tales of the Wars of Scotland, 2 vols., Edinburgh, 1839.
  • History of the Scottish Episcopal Church from the Revolution to the Present Time, Edinburgh, 1843.
  • The Episcopal Church of Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution, Edinburgh, 1844.[1]

Lawson also edited in 1844 the first two volumes of Robert Keith's History of the Affairs of Church and State in Scotland for the Spottiswoode Society, and wrote the letterpress for Clarkson Stanfield and James Duffield Harding's Scotland Delineated, Edinburgh, 1847–54.


  • "Lawson, John Parker" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

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