Alan Buchanan (bishop)

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The Most Rev Alan Alexander Buchanan (28 February 1905[1] – 4 February 1984) was an Anglican bishop in the second half of the 20th century.[2]
Educated at Masonic Boys School and Trinity College, Dublin, he was ordained in 1931.[3] He served as a chaplain with military forces during the Second World War, notably parachuting into Arnhem in 1944 and being captured by the Germans. In the Airborne Museum at Oosterbeek there is a serviceman's prayer card displayed which is signed by Alan Buchanan.


He was with the Church of Ireland Mission in Belfast until 1937, after which he held incumbencies at St Cedma Inver and St Mary, Belfast and St Comgall, Bangor. He was Bishop of Clogher from 1958 to 1969, when he became Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland. He resigned in 1977 and died on 4 February 1984.[4]

Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Richard Tyner
Bishop of Clogher
Succeeded by
Richard Patrick Crosland Hanson
Preceded by
George Otto Simms
Archbishop of Dublin
Succeeded by
Henry Robert McAdoo


  1. ^ Who Was Who 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ Handbook of British Chronology by Fryde, E. B.; Greenway, D. E.; Porter, S.; Roy, I.: Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1996 ISBN 0-521-56350-X, 9780521563505
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 Lambeth, Church House, 1975 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  4. ^ The Times, Tuesday, Feb 21, 1984; pg. 14; Issue 61763; col G Most Rev A. A. Buchanan