Hamilton, Patrick (d. 1528), a Scotch divine, was probably born towards the close of the 15th century. After studying at the universities of Paris and Louvain, where he imbibed the doctrines of the Reformation, he proceeded in 1523 to that of St. Andrews, but his Lutheran tendencies became suspected, and in 1527 he sought refuge on the Continent. He now visited Wittenberg, where he formed friendships with Luther and Melanchthon. Soon after his return to Scotland he was summoned before Archbishop Beaton at St. Andrews, charged with heresy, and burnt at the stake on the very day of his trial. During his short life he had done much to extend the doctrines of the Reformation in Scotland.