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Alexander Leighton (c. 1570–1649) by Wenceslaus Hollar, c. 1641 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Leighton, Alexander (c. 1570–1649), religious controversialist, was probably born at Guildy, Monikie, near Dundee, the son of Duncan Leighton or Lichtoun; his mother is unknown. He was related to the Leightons of Usan and Ulyshaven, near Montrose, who held many important local offices. In 1587 he graduated MA at ...