Adam Bellenden

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Adam Bellenden (c. 1569–1647) was a 17th-century Scottish churchman.

He was the son of Sir John Bellenden of Auchnoul, Lord Justice Clerk, by his spouse Jane, daughter of Walter Seton of Touch.

Adam graduated from Edinburgh University on 1 August 1590, and was ordained a Presbyterian minister on 19 July 1593. In 1608 he was appointed minister of Falkirk, a position he held until 1615.

He was promoted to the bishopric of Dunblane, receiving a Crown provision on 24 September 1615 and was consecrated by April of the following year. Balfour Paul states that he was also appointed, c. 1633, Dean of the Chapel Royal at Stirling Castle, and also held, as a personal right, Kilconquhar, succeeding to it upon the death of his nephew James, which was ratified in parliament in 1629.[1]

After holding the Dunblane bishopric for several decades, on 2 August 1635, he was given the more prestigious bishopric of Aberdeen. On 13 December 1638, after the anti-Episcopacy Assembly in Glasgow, described by Spottiswoode as "the wild Assembly", he was deprived of this position and, with many others, excommunicated by the Scottish church.

He retired to England, where, in 1642, he was appointed to a parish in county Somerset.

On 17 February 1595, Adam Bellenden married Jean, daughter of Henry Abercrombie, of Kersie, St.Ninians, and they had ten children, three daughters and seven sons, one of whom, David, was ordained and became minister of Kincardine O'Neil.[1]


  1. ^ a b Balfour Paul, Sir James, Lord Lyon King of Arms, The Scots Peerage, Edinburgh, 1905, vol.ii: 66-7


  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
  • Keith, Robert, editor, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops: Down to the Year 1688, by John Spottiswoode, (London, 1924)
  • Watt, D.E.R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scotinanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969)
Religious titles
Preceded by
George Graham
Bishop of Dunblane
Succeeded by
James Wedderburn
Preceded by
Patrick Forbes
Bishop of Aberdeen
Succeeded by
Next occupied by
David Mitchel