Adam Bellenden (c. 1569–1647) was a 17th-century Scottish churchman.
He was promoted to the bishopric of Dunblane, receiving a Crown provision on 24 September 1615 and was consecrated by April of the following year. Balfour Paul states that he was also appointed, circa 1633, Dean of the Chapel Royal at Stirling Castle, and also held, as a personal right, Kilconquhar, succeeding to it upon the death of his nephew James, which was ratified in parliament in 1629.
After holding the Dunblane bishopric for several decades, on 2 August 1635, he was given the more prestigious bishopric of Aberdeen. On 13 December 1638, after the anti-Episcopacy Assembly in Glasgow, described by Spottiswoode as "the wild Assembly", he was deprived of this position and, with many others, excommunicated by the Scottish church.
On 17 February 1595, Adam Bellenden married Jean, daughter of Henry Abercrombie, of Kersie, St.Ninians, and they had ten children, three daughters and seven sons, one of whom, David, was ordained and became minister of Kincardine O'Neil.
- Balfour Paul, Sir James, Lord Lyon King of Arms, The Scots' Peerage, Edinburgh, 1905, vol.ii: 66-7
- Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
- Keith, Robert, editor, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops: Down to the Year 1688, by John Spottiswoode, (London, 1924)
- Watt, D.E.R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scotinanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969)
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