Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney

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Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney
Ecclesiastical province Scotland
Subdivisions Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Chaplaincies, The Isles
Congregations 47
Cathedral St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen
Current leadership
Bishop Vacant, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney
Dean Canon Emsley Nimmo
Map showing Aberdeen & Orkney as a coloured area covering the area around Aberdeen, with Orkney and Sheltand
Map showing Aberdeen & Orkney within Scotland

The Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney is one of the seven dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church. 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 the twelfth century. It also incorporates the ancient Diocese of Orkney, founded in 1035.

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.

The see is currently vacant, following the retirement of Robert "Bob" Gillies, who had been consecrated in 2007. The current dean, Canon Emsley Nimmo, was licensed on 20 April 2008 at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen.

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 1977 Ian Begg
1978 1992 Frederick Darwent
1992 2006 Bruce Cameron Elected Primus in 2001.
2007 2016[1] Robert (Bob) Gillies

List of deans

The following have served as Dean of Aberdeen and Orkney:


Aberdeen City

See also


  1. ^ Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney announces his retirement.
  2. ^ '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
  3. ^ "Denis Philip Bovey". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 8 September 2017.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ 'STRANRAER-MULL, Very Rev. Gerald', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 7 Sept 2017
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