George Gordon (bishop)

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George Gordon (died 1588) was a 16th-century Scottish prelate. He was the son of Alexander Gordon, Bishop of Galloway, and the brother of John Gordon, also Bishop of Galloway. He was a cousin of the earls of Huntly, being the great-grandson of Alexander Gordon, 3rd Earl of Huntly.

George Gordon was provided to the bishopric of Galloway on the resignation of his brother John on 8 July 1586. There is no evidence that he ever received consecration before his death, which occurred sometime between 1 April and 5 November 1588. After his death, hostility in Scotland to episcopacy meant that no new bishops were made until 1605.

References[edit]

  • Donaldson, Gordon, "The Bishops and Priors of Whithorn", in Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History & Antiquarians Society: Transactions and Journal of Proceedings, Third Series, vol. 27 (1950), pp. 127–54
  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
  • Watt, D. E. R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scotinanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969)
Religious titles
Preceded by
John Gordon
Bishop of Galloway
1586–1588
Succeeded by
Vacant
next succeeded by
Gavin Hamilton