Bishop of Edinburgh

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Bishop of Edinburgh
John Armes
Province Scotland
Diocese Diocese of Edinburgh
Cathedral St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
First incumbent William Forbes
Formation 1633

The Bishop of Edinburgh is the ordinary of the Scottish Episcopal Diocese of Edinburgh.

The bishopric was founded in 1633 by King Charles I. William Forbes was consecrated at St. Giles' Cathedral as the first bishop on 23 January 1634 though he died later that year. The General Assembly of 1638 deposed Bishop David Lindsay and all the other bishops, so the next, George Wishart, was consecrated in 1662 after the Restoration. In 1690 it was Bishop Alexander Rose (1687–1720) whose unwelcome reply to King William III (and II) led to the disestablishment of the Scottish Episcopalians as Jacobite sympathisers, and it was he who led his congregation from St Giles' to a former wool store as their meeting house, on the site now occupied by Old Saint Paul's Church.

After the repeal of the penal laws in 1792 and the reuniting of Episcopal and "Qualified" congregations, the diocese grew under the leadership of bishops Daniel Sandford, James Walker, C.H. Terrot and Henry Cotterill. The high point of the 19th century was the consecration of St Mary’s Cathedral in 1879.

The current bishop is John Armes. He became Bishop-elect of Edinburgh on 11 February 2012[1] and was consecrated and installed as bishop on 12 May 2012.[2]

List of bishops

John Dowden, Irish historian of the Scottish church, and bishop of Edinburgh
Church of Scotland bishops.[3][4][5]
Scottish Episcopal Church bishops.[6][7][8]

See also


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-19. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  2. ^ Report of Bishop John's Consecration on the Scottish Episcopal Church website
  3. ^ Keith 1824, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops, pp.60–72.
  4. ^ Scott 1928, Fasti Ecclesae Scoticanae, volume 7, pp.341–343.
  5. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 309.
  6. ^ Keith 1824, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops, pp.524–530.
  7. ^ Skinner 1818, Annals of Scottish Episcopacy, pp.533–538.
  8. ^ Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, p.561.


  • Bertie, David M. (2000). Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. ISBN 0-567-08746-8.
  • Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I., eds. (1986). Handbook of British Chronology (3rd, reprinted 2003 ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56350-X.
  • Keith, Robert (1824). An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops: Down To The Year 1688. Edinburgh: Printed for Bell and Bradfute.
  • Scott, Hew (1928). Fasti Ecclesae Scoticanae. Volume 7 (New ed.). Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd.
  • Skinner, John (1818). Annals of Scottish Episcopacy. Aberbeen: A. Brown & Co.

External links

  • Diocese of Edinburgh
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