James Walker (bishop)

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The Most Reverend
James Walker
Bishop of Edinburgh
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Church Scottish Episcopal Church
Elected 10 February 1830
In office 1830-1841
Predecessor Daniel Sandford
Successor Charles Terrot
Other posts Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1837–1841)
Ordination 5 May 1805
Consecration 7 March 1830
by George Gleig
Personal details
Born (1770-01-24)January 24, 1770
Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died March 5, 1841(1841-03-05) (aged 71)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Buried St John's, Edinburgh
Nationality Scottish
Denomination Anglican
Parents Alexander Walker & Jane Ramsey
Spouse Madeline Erskine
Styles of
James Walker
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Grace

The Right Rev James Walker DD (24 January 1770 – 5 March 1841) was an Anglican bishop who served as the Bishop of Edinburgh (1830–1841) and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1837–1841).

Early life and Education

Walker's grave at St John's Edinburgh

He was born in Fraserburgh on 24 January 1770, son of Alexander Walker and Jane Ramsey.[1][2] He was educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen from 1785 to 1789, where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in 1789.[1][2] He continued his education at St John's College, Cambridge, where awarded a Bachelor of Arts in 1793, another Master of Arts in 1796, and a Doctor of Divinity in 1826.[1][2]

Ecclesiastical career

He was ordained in the Anglican ministry a deacon on 3 April 1793 and a priest on 5 May 1805.[1][2] During that period, he was tutor to Sir John Hope, 11th Baronet, of Craighall, from 1793 to 1805.[1][3] Walker's first pastoral appointment was the Incumbent of St Peter's Church, Edinburgh (1807–29) and Old St Paul's Church, Edinburgh (1821–22).[1] He was also the Dean of Edinburgh (1810–18) and Pantonian Professor of Theology at the Edinburgh Theological College (1824–41).[1]

He was elected Bishop of Edinburgh on 10 February 1830 and consecrated at Stirling on 7 March 1830 by the Most Reverend George Gleig, with bishops Jolly, Skinner and Low serving as co-consecrators.[1][4] Dr Walker also administered the sees of Fife, Galloway and Glasgow from 1830 to 1837.[5] Following the resignation of George Gleig in February 1837,[6] he was elected Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church on 24 May 1837.[1]

Dr Walker died in office at 22 Stafford Street, Edinburgh on 5 March 1841, aged 71, and was buried on a south-facing wall in the centre of St John's Churchyard, Edinburgh.[1][7]


He married Madeline Erskine (1780-1851) on 20 February 1821.[1]

They had two daughters, Madeline Walker and Jane Ramsay Walker.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, p. 473.
  2. ^ a b c d Gordon 1867, Scotichronicon, volume 2, p. 324.
  3. ^ Gordon 1867, Scotichronicon, volume 2, p. 325.
  4. ^ Gordon 1867, Scotichronicon, volume 2, p. 328.
  5. ^ Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, pp. 585 and 627.
  6. ^ Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, p. 270.
  7. ^ Gordon 1867, Scotichronicon, volume 2, p. 330.
  8. ^ Grave of Rev James Walker, St Johns


  • Bertie, David M. (2000). Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689–2000. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. ISBN 0567087468.
  • Gordon, J. F. S. (1867). Scotichronicon: Comprising Bishop Keith's Catalogue of Scottish Bishops. Volume 2. Glasgow: John Tweed.
Scottish Episcopal Church titles
Preceded by
Daniel Sandford
Bishop of Edinburgh
Succeeded by
Charles Hughes Terrot
Preceded by
George Gleig
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Succeeded by
William Skinner
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