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Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney
Crest-aberdeen.png
Location
Ecclesiastical province Scotland
Subdivisions Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Chaplaincies, The Isles
Statistics
Congregations 47
Information
Cathedral St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen
Current leadership
Bishop The Right Rev. Anne Dyer
Dean Vacant
Map
Map showing Aberdeen & Orkney as a coloured area covering the area around Aberdeen, with Orkney and Sheltand
Map showing Aberdeen & Orkney within Scotland
Website
aberdeen.anglican.org

The Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney is one of the seven dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Created in 1865, the diocese covers the historic county of Aberdeenshire, and the Orkney and Shetland island groups. It shares with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Aberdeen a Christian heritage that can be traced back to Norman times, and incorporates the ancient Diocese of Orkney, founded in 1035.

The diocese is considered the most conservative of the dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and was the only diocese to reject a change in the church's teaching to allow same-sex marriage in 2017.[1]

The first female bishop of the SEC, Anne Dyer, was appointed to the diocese in November 2017 and consecrated and enthroned on 3 March 2018. Her gender, support of same-sex marriage, and that she was not elected by the diocese itself (she was appointed by the College of Bishops in accordance with the SEC canonical process when a diocese fails to meet the requirements to elect its own bishop), caused some controversy,[1][2][3] and two senior clergy, the Dean (Emsley Nimmo) and another member of the Cathedral Chapter, resigned their diocesan roles in protest.[4]

The diocese has a strong companion link with the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut and the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Samuel Seabury, the first Episcopal bishop outside the British Isles, was consecrated in 1784 by Robert Kilgour, Bishop of Aberdeen, and John Skinner, coadjutor bishop. Clarence Coleridge, suffragan bishop of Connecticut, was consecrated by a Bishop of Aberdeen in 1981; he was elected 13th diocesan bishop of Connecticut in 1993.

Area and population

The diocese covers the historic counties of Orkney (population 21,500), Zetland (population 23,000), Aberdeenshire except the Huntly area (population 393,000), the Banff, Buckie and Cullen areas of Banffshire (population 29,500), and the Banchory and Lower Deeside areas of Kincardineshire (population 26,000).

This total population of approximately 493,000 gives the diocese a ratio of one priest to every 24,700 inhabitants and one church to every 12,000 inhabitants.

List of bishops

Below is a list of modern, non-papal bishops of the united diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney. The earliest bishops of these dioceses as well did not recognize the later doctrine of papal de facto jurisdiction in non-Roman dioceses, much less the modern doctrine of papal infallibility[citation needed].

Bishops of Aberdeen and Orkney
From Until Incumbent Notes
1865 1883 Thomas Suther Died in office.
1883 1905 Arthur Douglas Died in office.
1906 1911 Rowland Ellis Died in office.
1912 1917 Anthony Mitchell Died in office.
1917 1943 Frederic Deane
1943 1955 Herbert Hall Died in office.
1956 1972 Frederick Easson
1973 1976 Ian Begg
1976 1991 Frederick Darwent
1991 2006 Bruce Cameron Installed 1992, Primus 2000-2006.
2006 2016[5] Robert (Bob) Gillies
2018 Incumbent[6] Anne Dyer First woman bishop in the SEC

List of deans

The following have served as Dean of Aberdeen and Orkney:

Churches and clergy

The diocese currently has 20 stipendiary clergy and 41 churches. Last fully updated 19 September 2018.

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Ref
Aberdeen area
Banff (St Andrew)
  • St Andrew, Banff (1722)
[1]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Jeremy Paisey
[10]
Buckie (All Saints)
  • All Saints, Buckie (c1689)
[2] [11]
Turriff (St Congan)
  • St Congan, Turriff (1738)
[3]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
[12]
Cuminestown (St Luke)
  • St Luke, Cuminestown (C18th)
[4]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
[13]
New Pitsligo (St John the Evangelist)
  • St John the Evangelist, New Pitsligo (1835)
[5]
  • Rector: Vacant
[14]
Strichen (All Saints)
  • All Saints, Strichen (1861)
[6]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
[15]
Fraserburgh (St Peter)
  • St Peter, Fraserburgh (1721)
[7]
  • Hon. Priest-in-Charge: Keith Suckling
[16]
Longside (St John)
  • St John the Evangelist, Longside (1716)
[8]
  • Rector: Richard O'Sullivan
[17]
Old Deer (St Drostan)
  • St Drostan, Old Deer (1851)
[9] [18]
Peterhead (St Peter)
  • St Peter, Peterhead (1699)
[10] [19]
Cruden Bay (St James the Less)
  • St James the Less, Cruden Bay (C18th)
[11]
  • Rector: Dennis Berk
  • NSM: Peter Whalley
  • NSM (Ellon): Carole Fox
  • NSM (Ellon): Robert Spencer (see below)
  • NSM (Ellon): Sylvia Spencer
[20]
Ellon (St Mary On the Rock)
  • St Mary-on-the-Rock, Ellon (C18th)
[21]
Insch (St Drostan)
  • St Drostan, Insch (1894)
[12]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Alastair MacDonald
[22]
Fyvie (All Saints)
  • All Saints, Woodhead of Fyvie (1849)
[13] [23]
Oldmeldrum (St Matthew)
  • St Matthew & St George, Oldmeldrum (1863)
[14]
  • Hon. Priest-in-Charge: Robert Spencer
[24]
Alford (St Andrew)
  • St Andrew, Alford (1869)
[15]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
[25]
Auchindoir (St Mary)
  • St Mary, Auchindoir
[16]
  • Rector/Priest-in-Charge: John Walker
  • NSM (Auch, Inv, Kem): David Atkinson
[26]
Inverurie (St Mary)
  • St Mary, Inverurie (1841)
[17] [27]
Kemnay (St Anne)
  • St Anne, Kemnay (1938)
[18] [28]
Whiterashes (All Saints)
  • All Saints, Whiterashes (1858)
[19] [29]
Aberdeen (Cathedral of St Andrew) [20] [30][31]
N/A
  • Carpenters Arms Fellowship 4 Everyone
[21]
  • Bishop's Evangelist: Gerry Bowyer
[32]
Aberdeen (St Clement)
  • St Clement, Aberdeen (1960s)
[22]
  • Rector: Paul Watson
  • Curate (St Clement): Nicholas Bowry
  • Deaconess (NS) (St D): June MacCormack
[33]
Bieldside (St Devenick)
  • St Devenick, Bieldside (1894)
[23] [34]
Westhill Community Church
  • Westhill Community Church (1972)
[24]
  • Rector: Ian Ferguson
[35]
Aberdeen (St James)
  • St James the Less, Aberdeen (1804)
[25]
  • Hon. Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
  • NSM: Ruth Edwards
[36]
Aberdeen (St John the Evangelist) [26]
  • Rector: Vacant
[37]
Aberdeen (St Margaret of Scotland) [27]
  • Rector: Emsley Nimmo
  • Hon. Curate: John Duthie
  • Hon. Curate: David Wright
[38]
Aberdeen (St Mary)
  • St Mary, Carden Place (1863)
[28]
  • Rector: Vacant
  • Curate: Jason Hobbs
[39]
Aberdeen (St Ninian)
  • St Ninian, Aberdeen (1936)
[29]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Joan Lyon
  • NSM: John Tsukada
[40]
Cove Bay (St Mary) [30]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
[41]
Bucksburn (St Machar)
  • St Machar, Bucksburn (1874)
[31]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Duncan Heddle
[42]
Aboyne (St Peter)
  • St Thomas, Aboyne (1909)
[32]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vittoria Hancock
[43]
Ballater (St Kentigern)
  • St Kentigern, Ballater (C19th)
[33] [44]
[34]
Kincardine O'Neil (Christ Church)
  • Christ Church, Kincardine O'Neil (1866)
[35]
  • Priest-in-Charge: David Greenwood
[45]
Banchory (St Ternan)
  • St Ternan, Banchory (1851)
[36]
  • Rector: Lynsay Downs
[46]
Orkney area
Burravoe (St Colman)
  • St Colman, Burravoe (1898)
[37]
  • Rector/Priest-in-Charge: Neil Brice
  • NSM: Elizabeth McNab
[47]
Lerwick (St Magnus)
  • St Magnus, Lerwick (1861)
[48]
Kirkwall (St Olaf)
  • St Olaf, Kirkwall (1876)
[38]
  • Rector: David Dawson
[49]
Stromness (St Mary)
  • St Mary, Stromness (1885)
[39]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Tom Miller
[50]

Closed churches in the diocese area

Name History/notes Ref
St Peter, Torry Now converted to sheltered housing [51]
St John the Baptist, Portsoy Dependent of All Saints, Buckie; sold 2016 due to declining fabric [52]
Chapel of Christ the Encompasser, Fetlar Maintained by Society of Our Lady of the Isles - use ended 2015 when the increasingly frail nuns moved to Unst [53]
St Margaret, Braemar Redundant 2001 [54]
St Paul, Aberdeen Built 1867, demolished 1986 [55]

See also

References

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  2. ^ Farley, Harry (27 November 2017). "Splits emerge among Scottish Anglicans after gay marriage vote". Christian Today. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  3. ^ Davies, Madeleine (5 January 2018). "Aberdeen & Orkney letter questions new Bishop". Church Times. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Resignations Follow Aberdeen & Orkney Appointment". Scottish Anglican. 25 November 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  5. ^ Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney announces his retirement.
  6. ^ The Rt Rev Anne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney.
  7. ^ 'ADAMSON, Very Rev. Alexander Campbell', Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2016; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014; online edn, April 2014 accessed 8 Sept 2017
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  12. ^ "The Benefice of Turriff (St Congan)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  13. ^ "The Benefice of Cuminestown (St Luke)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  14. ^ "The Benefice of New Pitsligo (St John the Evangelist)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  15. ^ "The Benefice of Strichen (All Saints)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  16. ^ "The Benefice of Fraserburgh (St Peter)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  17. ^ "The Benefice of Longside (St John)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  18. ^ "The Benefice of Old Deer (St Drostan)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  19. ^ "The Benefice of Peterhead (St Peter)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  20. ^ "The Benefice of Cruden Bay (St James the Less)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  21. ^ "The Benefice of Ellon (St Mary On the Rock)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  22. ^ "The Benefice of Insch (St Drostan)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  23. ^ "The Benefice of Fyvie (All Saints)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  24. ^ "The Benefice of Oldmeldrum (St Matthew)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  25. ^ "The Benefice of Alford (St Andrew)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  26. ^ "The Benefice of Auchindoir (St Mary)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  27. ^ "The Benefice of Inverurie (St Mary)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  28. ^ "The Benefice of Kemnay (St Anne)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  29. ^ "The Benefice of Whiterashes (All Saints)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  30. ^ Installation of Isaac Poobalan as Provost and Rector St Andrew's Cathedral Website.
  31. ^ "The Benefice of Aberdeen (Cathedral of St Andrew)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  32. ^ "Bishop's Evangelist Developing Fresh Expressions and Church Planting". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  33. ^ "The Benefice of Aberdeen (St Clement)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  34. ^ "The Benefice of Bieldside (St Devenick)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  35. ^ "The Benefice of Westhill Community Church". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
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  37. ^ "The Benefice of Aberdeen (St John the Evangelist)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  38. ^ "The Benefice of Aberdeen (St Margaret of Scotland)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  39. ^ "The Benefice of Aberdeen (St Mary)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  40. ^ "The Benefice of Aberdeen (St Ninian)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  41. ^ "The Benefice of Cove Bay (St Mary)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  42. ^ "The Benefice of Bucksburn (St Machar)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  43. ^ "The Benefice of Aboyne (St Peter)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  44. ^ "The Benefice of Ballater (St Kentigern)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  45. ^ "The Benefice of Kincardine O'neil (Christ Church)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  46. ^ "The Benefice of Banchory (St Ternan)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  47. ^ "The Benefice of Burravoe (St Colman)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  48. ^ "The Benefice of Lerwick (St Magnus)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  49. ^ "The Benefice of Kirkwall (St Olaf)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  50. ^ "The Benefice of Stromness (St Mary)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  51. ^ "Geograph:: Aberdeen churches past and present". www.geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  52. ^ http://allsaintsbuckie.aodiocese.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/getPart.pdf
  53. ^ "Society of Our Lady of the Isles". sites.google.com. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  54. ^ User, Super. "Project History". www.stmargaretsbraemar.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  55. ^ "Aberdeen, Loch Street, St Paul's Episcopal Church | Canmore". canmore.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
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