Sylvester Douglas –
the Lord who paved the way to London from Tokay
Sylvester Douglas, 1st Baron Glenbervie was a British lawyer, politician and diarist. He was Chief Secretary for Ireland between 1793 and 1794. As the son of John Douglas, he descended from James Douglas, minister of Glenbervie, son of Sir William Douglas, 9th Earl of Angus and half-brother of William Douglas, 9th Earl of Angus.
Grigory Skovoroda –
the Cossack who was in love with Tokay
In September 1734, Grigory Savvich Skovoroda entered the Kievo-Mogiliansky Academy where with breaks he continued his studies for ten years. “The range of academic subjects which were taught in Kiev seemed insufficient to him. He longed to see new lands…“, writes Skovoroda’s most loyal student, Mikhail Ivanovich Kovalensky, in his biography “The life of Grigory Skovoroda” (1794).
Robert Gilbert Porteous Lanxeth –
the Scot who spread the fame of Golden Tokay
( 1600–1661 )
Among the personalities closely connected to the Polish Krosno, the presence of the Scottish immigrant known as Robert Wojciech Portius, the greatest Tokay wine merchant and the town’s commander, left behind an exceptional amount of traces, especially in the area of the cultural heritage of the glorious city on the River Wislok. Portius’s heraldic arms, a counterpart of the coat of arms of gentry also used by burghers, can be found in many parts of Krosno, for instance, in the Parish Church.
Marc-Antoine Muret (1526-1585) –
the unknown author of Silent Night
Marc-Antoine Muret was born at Muret near Limoges, France on 12 April, 1526. At the age of eighteen he was invited to lecture at the Archiepiscopal College at Auch. He afterwards taught Latin at Villeneuve, and then at the College of Guienne, Bordeaux, where his Latin tragedy Julius Caesar was staged with Michel de Montaigne in the main part, his student and one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance. Some time before 1552 he delivered a course of lectures at the College of Cardinal Lemoine in Paris, which drew a large audience,
Sarospatak Reformed College, founded in 1531, is one of the oldest Protestant educational establishments in the modern Christian world. In July 1990, after being a Communist state institution for forty years, it was finally restored to the Reformed Synod of Hungary. This was a very unique moment in the Hungarian national history, because this was never experienced so greatly before.