For the American Civil War colonel, see William J. Colvill.
Colvill was educated at the University of St Andrews and left with a MA in 1631. Colvill had originally been elected Principal of the University in 1652 on the death of John Adamson. However at this time, Colvill was minister of the English church at Utrecht, and it is thought that there was some obstruction on the part of Cromwell's Government that prevented him from taking possession of the office. Therefore, the position was declared vacant again on 17 January 1653, with Dr Robert Leighton being elected Principal instead. However, since Colvill had already given in his demission to his church and left the Netherlands, he was allowed a year’s stipend for his trouble and expense.
Colvill was the author of a work entitled Ethica Christiana, which was in considerable repute in those days.
- Pearce, A. S. Wayne. "Colville, William (d. 1675)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/6012. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Henderson, Thomas Finlayson (1887). "Colville, William". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 11. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
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