Diocese of Brechin (Episcopal)

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Diocese of Brechin
Ecclesiastical province Scotland
Congregations 29
Cathedral St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee
Current leadership
Bishop Bishop of Brechin
Map showing Brechin Diocese as a coloured area south of Aberdeen
Map showing Brechin Diocese within Scotland

The Diocese of Brechin is in the east of Scotland, and is the smallest of the seven dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church. It covers the historic counties of Angus and Kincardineshire. It stretches from Muchalls in the north east down to Dundee in the south, and across to Glencarse in the south west. The cathedral and administrative centre is St Paul’s Cathedral in Dundee. The diocese continues to be named after its mediaeval centre of Brechin.

The diocese is thought to have been founded in 1153 by Bishop Samson. The diocese had a continuous line of bishops leading through the Reformation, when Donald Campbell (1557) and John Sinclair (1565) were elected Bishops of Brechin, but not consecrated; the line was continued later through Andrew Lamb. In 1566, Alexander Campbell was appointed as titular bishop. The line continued in proper form among Episcopalians with Andrew Lamb in 1610. From 1695 until 1709, the diocese was united with the Diocese of Edinburgh, with the latter's bishop, Alexander Rose, being also Bishop of Brechin. The line of independent bishops of Brechin restarted with John Falconar in 1709, and has continued to the present day. Following the resignation and death of the Right Reverend Dr John Mantle, in 2010, Dr Nigel Peyton was appointed Bishop of Brechin in May 2011. Dr Peyton was chosen ahead of four other candidates including Dr Alison Peden.[1]

The Diocese of Brechin is twinned with the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa (Iowa, United States) and with the Anglican Diocese of Swaziland (Swaziland).

The manuscript records of the Diocese of Brechin are held by University of Dundee Archive Services.[2] The archive collections include the administrative records of the diocese, records of individual churches, and the correspondence of Alexander Penrose Forbes and George Frederick Boyle.[3]

Area and population

The diocese covers the historic counties of Kincardineshire (except the Banchory and Lower Deeside areas) (population 31,000), Angus (except the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas) (population 233,500), and the Glencarse area of Perthshire (population 9,000).

This total population of approximately 273,500 gives the diocese a ratio of one priest to every 19,500 inhabitants and one church to every 10,900 inhabitants.

List of churches

The diocese has 14 stipendiary clergy and 25 active churches. Last fully updated 19 September 2018.

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Ref
Muchalls (St Ternan)
  • St Ternan, Muchalls (c1689)
  • Rector: Vacant
Stonehaven (St James)
  • St James, Stonehaven (1715)
Catterline (St Philip)
  • St Philip, Catterline (1843)
[2] [6]
Drumlithie (St John the Baptist)
  • St John the Baptist, Drumlithie (1863)
  • Rector: Michael Turner
Drumtochty (St Palladius)
  • St Palladius, Drumtochty (1885)
Fasque (St Andrew)
  • St Andrew, Fasque (1846)
Laurencekirk (St Laurence)
  • St Laurence, Laurencekirk (1871)
Inverbervie (St David of Scotland)
  • St David of Scotland, Inverbervie
  • Rector: Vacant
Montrose (St Mary and St Peter)
  • SS Mary & Peter, Montrose (1724)
Brechin (St Andrew)
  • St Andrew, Brechin (pre-1870)
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
Tarfside (St Drostan)
  • St Drostan, Tarfside (c1689)
  • Priest-in-Charge: Jane Nelson
Arbroath (St Mary) [6]
  • Rector: Peter Mead
Auchmithie (St Peter)
  • St Peter, Auchmithie (1885)
Carnoustie (Holy Rood)
  • Holy Rood, Carnoustie (1881)
  • Priest-in-Charge: David de Verny
Monifieth (Holy Trinity)
  • Holy Trinity, Monifieth (1909)
  • Priest-in-Charge: Kenneth Gibson
  • NSM: Bill McAusland
Dundee (Cathedral of St Paul) [9]
  • Provost: Jeremy Auld
Dundee (St Mary Magdalene)
  • St Mary Magdalene, Dundee (1854)
  • Rector: David Shepherd
Dundee (St Salvador)
  • St Salvador, Dundee (1859)
  • Rector: Clive Clapson
Dundee (St Margaret)
  • St Margaret, Dundee (1861)
  • Rector: Vacant
Dundee (St Ninian)
  • St Ninian, Dundee (1938)
  • Priest-in-Charge: Fay Lamont
Broughty Ferry (St Mary)
  • St Mary, Broughty Ferry (1848)
  • Rector/P-in-C: Francis Bridger
  • Curate: Helen Bridger
  • Curate (Broughty Ferry): William Neill
Dundee (St Martin)
  • St Martin, Dundee (1904)
[14] [26]
Dundee (St John the Baptist)
  • St John the Baptist, Dundee (closed?)
Dundee (St Luke)
  • St Luke, Dundee (1901)
  • Priest-in-Charge: Kerry Dixon
Invergowrie (All Souls)
  • All Souls, Invergowrie (1896)
  • Priest-in-Charge: Ashley Cummins
Glencarse (All Saints) [17]
  • Rector: Vacant

Closed churches in the diocese

Church Founded Closed Ref
Holy Cross, Dundee 1956 1966 [31]
St Columba, Dundee 1897 1939 [32]
Holy Trinity Mission, Dundee 1873 1944 [32]
All Saints Mission, Dundee 1896 1944 [32]
St Roque, Dundee 1896 1956 [32]


  1. ^ Bowman, Maura (19 May 2011). "Dr Nigel Peyton appointed Bishop of Brechin". The Courier. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2011.
  2. ^ "University of Dundee Archive Services Online Catalogue". University of Dundee. Archived from the original on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Archive Services Online Catalogue Collection Summaries". University of Dundee. Archived from the original on 18 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  4. ^ "The Benefice of Muchalls (St Ternan)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  5. ^ "The Benefice of Stonehaven (St James)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  6. ^ "The Benefice of Catterline (St Philip)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  7. ^ "The Benefice of Drumlithie (St John the Baptist)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  8. ^ "The Benefice of Drumtochty (St Palladius)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  9. ^ "The Benefice of Fasque (St Andrew)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  10. ^ "The Benefice of Laurencekirk (St Laurence)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  11. ^ "The Benefice of Inverbervie (St David of Scotland)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  12. ^ "The Benefice of Montrose (St Mary and St Peter)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  13. ^ "The Benefice of Brechin (St Andrew)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  14. ^ "The Benefice of Tarfside (St Drostan)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  15. ^ "The Benefice of Arbroath (St Mary)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  16. ^ "The Benefice of Auchmithie (St Peter)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  17. ^ "The Benefice of Carnoustie (Holy Rood)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  18. ^ "The Benefice of Monifieth (Holy Trinity)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  19. ^ "Brechin Cathedral". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  20. ^ "The Benefice of Dundee (Cathedral of St Paul)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  21. ^ "The Benefice of Dundee (St Mary Magdalene)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  22. ^ "The Benefice of Dundee (St Salvador)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  23. ^ "The Benefice of Dundee (St Margaret)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  24. ^ "The Benefice of Dundee (St Ninian)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  25. ^ "The Benefice of Broughty Ferry (St Mary)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  26. ^ "The Benefice of Dundee (St Martin)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  27. ^ "The Benefice of Dundee (St John the Baptist)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  28. ^ "The Benefice of Dundee (St Luke)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  29. ^ "The Benefice of Invergowrie (All Souls)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  30. ^ "The Benefice of Glencarse (All Saints)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  31. ^ "The Benefice of Dundee (Holy Cross)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  32. ^ a b c d Brechin, The Diocese of. "History of the Diocese of Brechin | The Diocese of Brechin". www.thedioceseofbrechin.org. Retrieved 2018-10-14.

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