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- Medeival Bishops

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The Bishop of Dunkeld was the ecclesiastical head of the Diocese of Dunkeld, one of the largest and more important of Scotland's 13 Medival Bishops medieval bishoprics, whose first recorded Medeival Bishops bishop is an early 12th century cleric named Cormac. However, the first known abbot dates Medeval Bishops to the 10th century, and it is often assumed that in Mediveal Bishops Scotland in the period before the 12th century, the roles of both bishop and abbot were one and the same. Medieal Bishops The Meideval Bishops Bishopric of Dunkeld ceased to exist after the Scottish Reformation, but has been recreated in modern times by the Roman Catholic Church, and is now based in the city of Dundee.


  • 1 List of known abbots
  • 2 List of known medieval Bishops
  • 3 List of Church of Scotland bishops
  • 4 List of the Modern Bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dunkeld, Scotland
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links
  • 7 See also

List of known abbots

Dunkeld abbey was an offshoot of Iona, perhaps founded in the early 9th century, in the reign of Caustantín mac Fergusa, King of the Picts. It is not clear when its abbots got independence from the Abbots of Iona, but a notable event is the alleged transfer of the relics Columba to Dunkeld during the reign of the Scoto-Pictish king Cináed mac Ailpín. Its abbots, like many Gaelic abbots of the period, took a strong role in secular affairs, hence the term "lay abbot". The following is a list of known abbots of Dunkeld; the list is not exhaustive.

Tenure Incumbent Notes
d. 865 Túathal The Annals of Ulster, s.a. 865.6, records his obit and writes "Tuathal m. Artgusso prim-epscop Fortrenn & abbas Duin Caillenn", that is, "Túathal son of Artgus, chief bishop of Fortriu and Abbot of Dunkeld [dies]".
d. 873 Flaithbertach The Annals of Ulster, s.a. 873.8, records his obit and writes "Flaithbertach m. Muirchertaigh, princeps Duin Chaillden, obiit", that is, "Flaithbertach son of Muirchertach, superior of Dún Caillen, died".
d. 965 Dúnchad Dúnchad was killed along with Dubdon, Mormaer of Atholl in the battle of dorsum Crup, fought between king Dub and king Cuilén.
d. 1045 Crínán Progenitor of the Dunkeld Dynasty, who ruled Scotland for more than 2 centuries.
fl. 1097 Ethelred Son of king Máel Coluim III.

List of known medieval Bishops

The Bishopric of Dunkeld was one of the largest in medieval Scotland. However, in 1200, half of its territory was used to create the new Bishopric of Argyll.

Tenure Incumbent Notes
fl. x1114-1131x Cormac
x1147-1169 Gregoir
cons. 1170 Richard
el. 1178 Walter de Bidun Never consecrated. Never took possession of see.
el./conf. 1178 John
el./cons. 1203? Richard de Prebenda
el. 1211; cons. 1212 John de Leicester
bp. 1214(?) Hugh de Sigillo
post. 1229 Matthew the Scot
bp. 1229 Gilbert
el. 1236 Galfred de Liberatione
el. 1250; cons. 1251x1252 Richard de Inverkeithing
el. 1272; cons. 1273(?) Robert de Stuteville
el. 1283(?) Hugh de Strivelyn Died at Rome pursuing his election.
el./cons. 1283 William
el./cons. 1288 Matthew de Crambeth
el. 1309 John de Leck elect; nominee of King Edward I of England; his election was disputed, and he never actually took possession of his see.
el. 1309; conf./cons. 1312 William Sinclair
el. 1337 Maol Choluim de Innerpeffray A canon from Strathearn; his election was challenged by Richard de Pilmore; conflict was resolved at the Papal court, where the Pope found in Richard's favour.
el. 1337; conf./cons. 1344 Richard de Pilmor
el. 1347 Robert de Den He was the Archdeacon of Dunkeld, and was elected to the see; however, the Pope was already in the process of appointing a bishop to the vacant see.
prov. 1347 Donnchadh de Strathearn
el./prov./cons. 1355 John
el. 1370 John of Carrick Probably failed to obtain consecration.
prov. 1370 Michael de Monymusk to be added
prov. 1377 Andrew Umfray Had been dean of Dunkeld and precentor; he died at the Papal court.
prov. 1377x1378 John de Peblys
cons. 1379 Robert de Derling Anti-Bishop of the Western Schism. Consecrated by Peter, Bishop of Citta Nuova, in October 1379 on order of Pope Urban VI, in opposition to John de Peblys, supporter of the Avignon Pope. Never took possession of see.
bp. 1379 Nicholas Duffield English abbot (of Pershore); was the nomination of the Pope against the candidate of the Avignon Pope during the Western Schism. Never took possession of see.
trans. 1391 Robert Sinclair
prov. 1398 Robert de Cardeny
el. 1437 Domhnall MacNeachdainn He was the Dean of Dunkeld; he died in Continental Europe on his way to be consecrated by the Pope.
el./prov. 1437; cons. 1440 James Kennedy Translated to the Bishopric of St. Andrews in April 1440.
el./prov. 1440 Alexander Lauder He was elected to the see in May 1440, but died in October that year before being consecrated.
bp. 1440 Thomas de Levinstone He was perhaps the nomination of the Anti-Pope Felix V during the Western Schism; he was probably confirmed by Pope Nicholas V, however he never gained possession of the see. He died sometime before July 10th 1460.
prov. 1441; cons. 1447 James Bruce Appointed Bishop of Glasgow in 1447, but died the same year.
el. 1447 William Turnbull Was elected in March 1447 after the death of Bishop James Bruce; however, he obtained the Bishopric of Glasgow in November that year.
prov. 1447; cons. 1452 John Raulston Appointed Bishop of Glasgow in 1447 (but died the same year).
prov. 1452 Thomas Lauder
prov. 1475; cons. 1476 James Levingston
el. 1483 Alexander Inglis Was elected but failed to ensure confirmation by the Pope.
prov. 1483; cons. 1484 George Browne
post. 1515 Andrew Stewart Brother of the Earl of Atholl. The Pope refused his nomination to the Bishopric, but did appoint him to the Bishopric of Caithness at Dornoch.
prov. 1515; cons. 1516 Gavin Douglas to be added.
trans. 1524 Robert Cockburn Previously Bishop of Ross.
prov. 1526 George Crichton
prov. 1544; cons. 1546 John Hamilton Previously Abbot of Paisley. Got promoted to the Archbishopric of St Andrews.
prov. 1553(?); cons. 1554 Robert Crichton Had been provided in 1544.

List of Church of Scotland bishops

James VI of Scotland reintroduced espiscopal practice to the presbyterian Church of Scotland.

Tenure Incumbent Notes
1606 to 1607 James Nicolson Priest; ordained 1606; unknown
1607 to ... Gavin Previously Bishop of Galloway

List of the Modern Bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dunkeld, Scotland

The contemporary Bishop of Dunkeld is the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dunkeld in the Province of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh. The diocese covers an area of 9,505 km². The see is in the City of Dundee where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew. The diocese was erected on 4 March 1878. The current bishop is the Right Reverend Vincent Paul Logan, the 9th Bishop of Dunkeld.

(Any dates appearing in italics indicate de facto continuation of office. The start date of tenure below is the date of appointment or succession. Where known, the date of installation and ordination as bishop are listed in the notes together with the post held prior to appointment.)

Tenure Incumbent Notes
22 March 1878 to 18 January 1887 George Rigg Priest; ordained 26 May 1878; died in office
14 August 1890 to 30 August 1900 James Smith Priest; ordained 28 October 1890; appointed Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh
21 February 1901 to 24 September 1912 Angus MacFarlane Priest; ordained 1 May 1901; died in office
14 May 1913 to 28 March 1914 Robert Fraser Priest; ordained 25 May 1913; Died in office
8 September 1914 to 31 May 1949 John Toner Priest; ordained 15 October 1914; died in office
31 May 1949 to 23 May 1955 James Donald Scanlan Coadjutor Bishop of Dunkeld; appointed Bishop of Motherwell
27 May 1955 to 26 January 1981 William Andrew Hart Priest; ordained 21 September 1955; retired
26 January 1981 to present Vincent Paul Logan Priest; ordained 26 February 1981

Roman Catholic Hierarchy in Scotland
    Archbishops Bishops
    Glasgow Motherwell | Paisley
    Saint Andrews & Edinburgh Aberdeen | Argyll & the Isles | Dunkeld | Galloway
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  • Broun, Dauvit, "Dunkeld and the origin of Scottish identity", in Innes Review 48 (1997), pp. 112–124, reprinted in Spes Scotorum: Hope of Scots, eds. Broun and Clancy (1999), pp. 95–111.
  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
  • Hudson, Benjamin T., "Kings and Church in Early Scotland", in The Scottish Historical Review', Vol. 73, (October, 1994), pp. 145-70

External links

  • Annals of Ulster
    • Translation
  • Dauvit Broun's list of 12th century Scottish Bishops

See also

  • Diocese of Saint Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane

Prelates of Medieval Scotland (post-1100)
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