Bishop of Aberdeen (originally Bishop of Mortlach, in Latin Murthlacum) was the ecclesiastical head of the Diocese of Aberdeen, one of Scotland's 13 medieval bishoprics, whose first recorded bishop is an early 12th-century cleric named Nechtan. It appears that the episcopal seat had previously been at Mortlach (Mòrthlach), but was moved to Aberdeen during the reign of King David I of Scotland. The names of three bishops of Mortlach are known, the latter two of whom, "Donercius" and "Cormauch" (Cormac), by name only. The Bishop of Aberdeen broke communion with the Roman Catholic Church after the Scottish Reformation. Following the Glorious Revolution, the office was abolished in the Church of Scotland, but continued in the Scottish Episcopal Church. A Roman Catholic diocese was recreated in Aberdeen in 1878.
Pre-Reformation bishops [ edit ]
List of known bishops of Mortlach [ edit ]
Bishops of Mortlach
Beóán of Mortlach One of the three known bishops of Mortlach. Known for other sources.
" Donercius" One of the three known bishops of Mortlach. Nothing more is known.
Cormac of Mortlach One of the three known bishops of Mortlach. Nothing more is known.
Nechtan of Aberdeen Transferred the see to Aberdeen in April 1132
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List of known bishops of Aberdeen [ edit ]
The Bishopric of Aberdeen, as the Bishopric of Aberdeen, appears to date from the 1130s, as does the list of known bishops.
Pre-Reformation Bishops of Aberdeen
Nechtan of Aberdeen Transferred the see from Mortlach in April 1132.
Edward of Aberdeen
John of Kelso
Adam de Kald
Matthew the Scot (bishop-elect) Matthew or Mata had been the chancellor of
William the Lion, King of Scots. He was postulated to the see of Aberdeen, before in turn being postulated to the higher ranking see of Dunkeld. At any rate, he died before consecration. His name indicates that he was a Gael, but we do not know anything else about his background.
Gilbert de Stirling
Radulf de Lamley
Peter de Ramsay
Richard de Potton
Hugh de Benin
Henry le Chen
Walter Herok (bishop-elect) He died at Avignon, perhaps before being consecrated.
Alexander de Kininmund (I.)
William de Deyn
John de Rait
Alexander de Kininmund (II.)
Simon de Ketenis (bishop-elect) Elected by chapter sometime after 31 August, but was provided instead as
Dean of Aberdeen on 18 November 1380.
Adam de Tyninghame
Gilbert de Greenlaw
Henry de Lichton Translated from
Thomas Spens Translated from
Robert Blackadder (bishop-elect) Translated to Galloway.
William Elphinstone Translated from
Ross; he is one of the greatest of all medieval Scottish bishops, and is remembered today for, among other things, founding the University of Aberdeen.
Robert Forman Provided by Pope, but resigned without ever possessing.
George Learmond (coadjutor bishop only) Learmond had been appointed Dunbar's successor in 1529, but he died before Dunbar did.
William Gordon Because of the
Scottish Reformation of 1560, he was the last bishop owing allegiance to Rome.
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Post-Reformation bishops [ edit ]
Church of Scotland succession [ edit ]
Scottish Episcopal Church succession [ edit ]
Restored Roman Catholic succession [ edit ]
(Any dates appearing in italics indicate
de facto continuation of office. The start date of tenure below is the date of appointment or succession. Where known, the date of installation and ordination as bishop are listed in the notes together with the post held prior to appointment.)
The modern Bishop of Aberdeen is the
Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Aberdeen in the Province of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh. The diocese covers 29,068 km². The see is in the City of Aberdeen where the seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption. The Vicariate Apostolic of the Northern District (formerly the Vicariate Apostolic of the Highland District) was elevated to diocese status on 4 March 1878. The current bishop is the Right Reverend , 11th Bishop of Aberdeen. Hugh Gilbert
Vicars Apostolic of the Highland District
16 September 1727
19 September 1727
Alexander John Grant Died in office.
12 February 1731
12 March 1773
Hugh MacDonald Priest; died in office.
12 March 1773
9 May 1779
John MacDonald Previously coadjutor Vicar Apostolic; died in office.
30 September 1779
9 September 1791
Alexander MacDonald Priest; died in office.
8 November 1791
8 July 1814
John Chisholm Priest; died in office.
8 July 1814
31 July 1818
Aeneas Chisholm Previously coadjutor Vicar Apostolic; died in office.
27 August 1819
13 February 1827
Ranald MacDonald Became Vicar Apostolic of the Western District.
Vicars Apostolic of the Northern District
13 February 1827
23 February 1869
James Kyle Priest; died in office
23 February 1869
15 March 1878 Bishop
John MacDonald Previously coadjutor Vicar Apostolic; became
Bishop of Aberdeen.
Roman Catholic Bishops of Aberdeen
15 March 1878 4 February 1889
John MacDonald Previously
Vicar Apostolic of the Northern District; died in office.
16 July 1889
26 September 1889
Colin Grant Priest; ordained 13 August 1889; died in office.
14 August 1890
29 May 1898
CSSR Hugh MacDonald Priest of the
Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer; ordained 23 October 1890; died in office.
7 January 1899
13 January 1918
Aeneas Chisholm Priest; ordained 24 February 1899; died in office.
18 June 1918
25 December 1946
George Bennett Priest; ordained 1 August 1918; died in office.
2 August 1947
5 July 1950
John Matheson Priest; ordained 24 September 1947; died in office.
20 June 1951
22 July 1963
MAfr Francis Walsh Priest of the
Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers) ; ordained 12 September 1951; resigned.
8 December 1964
28 May 1976
Michael Foylan Priest; ordained 25 March 1965; died in office.
28 February 1977
15 January 2002
Mario Conti Priest of Aberdeen; ordained 3 May 1977; translated to
13 October 2003
4 June 2011
Peter Moran Priest of Aberdeen; ordained 1 December 2003; resigned 4 June 2011.
4 June 2011
Hugh Gilbert OSB
Abbot of Pluscarden (1992-2011); appointed 4 June 2011; ordained 15 August 2011.
Titular see of Murthlacum [ edit ]
Roman Catholic Church maintains a titular see of Murthlacum, the Latin name of Mortlach. [10 ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b c d "Historical successions: Aberdeen". Crockford's Clerical Directory . Retrieved 14 June 2013.
^ Dowden 1912, The Bishops of Scotland, pp. 97–98.
^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 317.
^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 301–302.
^ Dowden 1912, The Bishops of Scotland, pp. 98–143.
^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 302–303.
^ Scott 1928, Fasti Ecclesae Scoticanae, volume 7, pp. 392–402.
^ Scott 1928, Fasti Ecclesae Scoticanae, volume 7, pp. 402–411.
^ at Diocese of Aberdeen Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved on 14 June 2013.
^ at Murthlacum (Titular See) Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved on 14 June 2013.
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