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Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715)
Gilbert Burnet (18 September 1643 – 17 March 1715) was a Scottish philosopher and historian, and Bishop of Salisbury. He was fluent in Dutch, French, Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Burnet was highly respected as a cleric, a preacher, and an academic, as well as a writer and historian. He was always closely associated with the Whig party, and was one of the few friends in whom King William III confided.