Alastair Haggart

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The Most Reverend
Alastair Haggart
Bishop of Edinburgh
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Church Scottish Episcopal Church
Diocese Edinburgh
Elected 1975
In office 1975-1985
Predecessor Kenneth Carey
Successor Richard Holloway
Other posts Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1977-1985)
Ordination 1942
Consecration 1975
Personal details
Born (1915-10-10)October 10, 1915
Died January 11, 1998(1998-01-11) (aged 82)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Margaret Trundle (1945-1979)
Mary Scholes (1983-1998)
Children 2
Alma mater Durham University

Alastair Iain Macdonald Haggart (10 October 1915 - 11 January 1998) was an eminent Anglican priest.[1]


Haggart was born on 10 October 1915 and educated at Hatfield College [2] and Edinburgh Theological College. Ordained in 1942, he began his career with curacies at St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow and St Mary’s Hendon.[3] He was Precentor at St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth from 1948 to 1951. After this he was Rector of St Oswald’s, King's Park, Glasgow [4] and then Acting Priest-in-Charge of St Martin’s, Glasgow. In 1959 he became Provost of St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee, a post he held until 1969 when he became Principal and Pantonian Professor of his old theological college.

He became Bishop of Edinburgh in 1975;[5] and Primus of the Episcopal Church in Scotland in 1977. He retired from both posts in 1985 and died on 11 January 1998.


  1. ^ Independent Biography
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1947-48 Oxford, OUP, 1948
  4. ^ ”Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000” Bertie, D.M: Edinburgh T & T Clark ISBN 0-567-08746-8
  5. ^ Diocesan web-site
Religious titles
Preceded by
John Sprott
Provost of St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee
Succeeded by
Ted Luscombe
Preceded by
Kenneth Carey
Bishop of Edinburgh
Succeeded by
Richard Holloway
Preceded by
Richard Wimbush
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
1977 –1985
Succeeded by
Ted Luscombe

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