James Bruce (bishop)

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James Bruce (La: Jacobus de Brois) (died 1447) was a 15th-century cleric who was bishop of Dunkeld, Chancellor of Scotland, and bishop of Glasgow. He was the son of one Robert Bruce, a middling landowner in Clackmannanshire.[1] He was rector of Kilmany (Fife), and Archdeacon of Dunkeld. In 1441, on the death of Alexander de Lawedre, bishop-elect of Dunkeld, James Bruce was elected as bishop. He was consecrated at Dunfermline on 4 February 1442. He celebrated his first festive mass on the feast of St. Adomnán, i.e. 23 September. His rule in Dunkeld came to an end when, on 3 February 1447, he was translated to the bishopric of Glasgow. His time as bishop of Glasgow was, however, short. He died in Edinburgh in 1447, probably at the end of the summer. He was buried in St Mary's chapel, Dunfermline.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gordon A. C. MacGregor, Bruce of Cultmalundy, in The Red Book of Perthshire (Perthshire Heritage Trust, 2006)
  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
Religious titles
Preceded by
Alexander de Lawedre (unconsecrated)
James Kennedy
Bishop of Dunkeld
1441/2–47
Succeeded by
William Turnbull
Preceded by
James Cameron
Bishop of Glasgow
1441/2–47
Succeeded by
William Turnbull
Political offices
Preceded by
James Kennedy
Chancellor of Scotland
1444–47
Succeeded by
William Crichton