|The Most Reverend
|Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church|
|Other posts||Bishop of Aberdeen (1768–1786), Incumbent of Peterhead (1737–1789)|
25 April 1738 (Priest)
|Consecration||21 September 1768 (Bishop)|
Waulkmill, Cruden, Aberdeenshire
|Died||23 March 1790 (aged 76)
|Parents||Robert Kilgour and Isobel Barron|
Early life and ministry
He was born at Waulkmill, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, and baptised there on 15 March 1714, the son of Robert Kilgour and Isobel Barron. He was educated at King's College, Aberdeen from 1729 to 1733; graduating with a Master of Arts degree on 29 March 1733. He was ordained deacon in 1737 and presbyter at Aberdeen on 25 April 1738. He was appointed the Episcopal Incumbent of Peterhead in 1737. In 1758, he married Margaret Arbuthnot (1721–1805), and they had five daughters. One of their daughters, Christian, married Patrick Torry (later Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane) in 1787.
He was consecrated as Bishop of Aberdeen on 21 September 1768 by William Falconer, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, James Rait, Bishop of Brechin, and John Alexander, Bishop of Dunkeld. Fourteen years later, Kilgour also became the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church on 25 September 1782.
He resigned as Bishop of Aberdeen in 1786, and as Primus in 1788, both post were succeeded by his Coadjutor, John Skinner. In 1789, he resigned as Incumbent of Peterhead and was succeeded by his son-in-law, Patrick Torry.
He died at Peterhead on 23 March 1790, aged 76.
- MacKay, Adam. Distinguished Sons of Cruden: General Patrick Gordon, Bishop Robert Kilgour, Honourable Thomas Smith, Sir Hugh Gilzean-Reid, Doctor Alexander Bruce. Peterhead: P. Scrogie, 1922.
- Mackay, Adam. The Right Reverend Robert Kilgour, M.A.: Bishop of Aberdeen and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church : Bi-Centenary of His Birth. [Aberdeen, Scotland: s.n, 1914.
- Peterhead (Scotland : Parish), A. Strath Maxwell, and Robert Kilgour. The Register of Baptisms of the Episcopalian Congregation at Peterhead, Scotland, 1738 to 1788: Baptisms Performed by Robert Kilgour. Aberdeen, Scotland: [s.n.], 1969.
|Scottish Episcopal Church titles|
|Incumbent of Peterhead
|Bishop of Aberdeen
|Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church