George Graham (bishop)

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George Graeme (1565 - 1643), Bishop of Dunblane and Bishop of Orkney, was a late sixteenth- and early seventeenth century Church of Scotland prelate. He was the younger son of George Graeme 2nd of Inchbrakie and Marion/Mary Rollo, daughter of Rollo of Duncrub, and a great-grandson of William Graham, 1st Earl of Montrose. He was minister of Scone, and then in February 1603, he received crown provision to the bishopric of Dunblane, vacant by the resignation of Andrew Graham. George had to wait a few years to obtain consecration, but was consecrated at some date between 21 October 1610 and 3 May 1611.

On 26 August 1615, he was translated to the bishopric of Orkney. He held that bishopric for more than three decades. Graeme, along with all other bishops of Scotland, was deprived of his see on 18 November 1638. He renounced his rights to the bishopric a few months later, on 11 February 1639, after being threatened by the Assembly at Glasgow. By this action, he avoided excommunication, and retained his estate at Gorthie. He died at some date between 11 November and 19 December 1643.

In 1595, he married Marion Crichton, sister of The Admirable James Crichton. Marion was the daughter of Sir Robert Crichton of Eliock and Cluny, Perthshire, Lord Advocate of Scotland, and his wife Elizabeth Stewart, granddaughter of Andrew Stewart, 2nd Lord Avondale. They were the parents of five children.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Scots Peerage (Methven), Burkes Extinct Peerages 1883 (Stewart-various)
  • Keith, Robert, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops: Down to the Year 1688, (London, 1924), pp. 181, 227
  • Watt, D. E. R.; Murray, A. L., eds. (2003), Fasti Ecclesiae Scotinanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, The Scottish Record Society, New Series, Volume 25 (Revised ed.), Edinburgh: The Scottish Record Society, ISBN 0-902054-19-8, ISSN 0143-9448 
Religious titles
Preceded by
Andrew Graham
Bishop of Dunblane
1603–1615
Succeeded by
Adam Bellenden
Preceded by
James Law
Bishop of Orkney
1615–1638
Succeeded by
Vacant
next succeeded by
Thomas Sydserf