Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney
|Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney|
|Subdivisions||Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Chaplaincies, The Isles|
|Cathedral||St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen|
|Bishop||Vacant, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney|
|Dean||Canon Emsley Nimmo|
Map showing Aberdeen & Orkney within Scotland
The Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney is one of the seven dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church. In mainland Scotland, the diocese covers the City of Aberdeen and most of Aberdeenshire (the part of Aberdeenshire south of Aberdeen is in the Diocese of Brechin, and some parts of northwest Aberdeenshire are in the Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness). In addition to the mainland portion of the diocese, the Orkney and Shetland island groups also come under its jurisdiction. It shares with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Aberdeen a Christian heritage that can be traced back to the twelfth century. It also incorporates the ancient Diocese of Orkney, founded in 1035.
The diocese has a strong companion link with the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut and the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Samuel Seabury, the first Episcopal bishop outside the British Isles, was consecrated in 1784 by Robert Kilgour, Bishop of Aberdeen, and John Skinner, coadjutor bishop. Clarence Coleridge, suffragan bishop of Connecticut, was consecrated by a Bishop of Aberdeen in 1981; he was elected 13th diocesan bishop of Connecticut in 1993.
The see is currently vacant, following the retirement of Robert "Bob" Gillies, who had been consecrated in 2007. The current dean, Canon Emsley Nimmo, was licensed on 20 April 2008 at St. Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen.
List of bishops
Below is a list of modern, non-papal bishops of the united diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney. The earliest bishops of these dioceses as well did not recognize the later doctrine of papal de facto jurisdiction in non-Roman dioceses, much less the modern doctrine of papal infallibility.
|Bishops of Aberdeen and Orkney|
|1865||1883||Thomas Suther||Died in office.|
|1883||1905||Arthur Douglas||Died in office.|
|1906||1911||Rowland Ellis||Died in office.|
|1912||1917||Anthony Mitchell||Died in office.|
|1943||1955||Herbert Hall||Died in office.|
|1992||2006||Bruce Cameron||Elected Primus in 2001.|
|2007||2016||Robert (Bob) Gillies|
- Aberdeen City
- Bishop of Aberdeen (before and after the Reformation)