Cant, Andrew, was born about 1610, and in 1638, having entered the Presbyterian ministry, was incumbent of Pitsligo, whence he was transferred to Aberdeen. He served as chaplain to the army of the Covenanters, but is said to have combined an unbridled hatred of episcopacy with a fearless devotion to the Royalist cause. Once his denunciation of Cromwell nearly cost him his life, but he boldly laid bare his breast, and bade his assailants strike. At the Restoration he was ejected, dying in 1664. The word "cant" has been erroneously supposed to be derived from his name.