Bob Gillies

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The Right Reverend
Bob Gillies
Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney
Church Scottish Episcopal Church
Diocese Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney
Elected April 2007
In office September 2007 to October 2016
Other posts Dean of the Diocese of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane (2006–2007)
Personal details
Birth name Robert Arthur Gillies
Born (1951-10-21) 21 October 1951 (age 65)
Nationality Scottish
Denomination Anglicanism

Robert Arthur "Bob" Gillies (born 21 October 1951) is a retired Scottish Anglican bishop. From 2007 to 2016, he served as the Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney in the Scottish Episcopal Church.[1] He is also a published author.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Gillies was born on 21 October 1951.[3] From 1968 to 1972, he worked as a medical laboratory technician.[3] He then trained for ordination and studied theology at the University of Edinburgh.[4][5] He graduated with a Bachelor of Divinity (BD) degree in 1978.[3]

Gillies later undertook postgraduate research at the University of St Andrews, and completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1991.[3] His doctoral thesis was tiled "Person and experience: a study in the thought of Edgar Sheffield Brightman".[6]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Gillies was ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church as a deacon in 1977 and a priest in 1978.[4][7] He served curacies at Christ Church, Falkirk and Christ Church, Morningside, Edinburgh.[4] He was a Chaplain at the University of Dundee from 1984 to 1990.[4] After this he was Rector of St Andrews Episcopal Church, St Andrews.[4] From 2006 to 2007, he was also Dean of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane.[3]

In April 2007, Gillies was elected bishop of the Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney.[8] He was consecrated a bishop at St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen on 23 September 2007.[1] On 3 May 2016, it was announced that Gillies would retire from his position as diocesan bishop later in the year; he subsequently retired on 31 October 2016.[9]


In 2016, Gillies voted against changing the wording of the marriage clause to allow for same-sex marriage in the Scottish Episcopal Church; he was one of two bishops to vote against.[10] The motion was approved by 97 votes to 33.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 1976, Gillies married Katherine Elizabeth Greening Tucker.[3] Together they have four sons, one of whom pre-deceased his parents.[3]


  1. ^ a b The Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  2. ^ Amongst others he has written "A Way for Healing", 1995; "Informing Faith", 1996; "Healing Broader and Deeper", 1998; "New Language of Faith", 2001; "Where Earth and Heaven Meet", 2005; and "Sounds Before the Cross", 2007. British Library web site accessed 18:21 GMT, Wednesday, 9 November, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "ABERDEEN AND ORKNEY, Bishop of,". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Bertie, David M. (2000). Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689–2000. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. p. 269. ISBN 0567087468. 
  5. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  6. ^ Gillies, Robert A. (1990). "Person and experience: a study in the thought of Edgard Sheffield Brightman". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library Board. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  7. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 Lambeth, Church House, 1975 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  8. ^ "Episcopal Church Elects New Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney". Christian Today. 29 April 2007. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  9. ^ Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney announces retirement. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Scottish Episcopal Church takes first step towards same sex marriage". Anglican Communion News Service. Anglican Communion Office. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
Scottish Episcopal Church titles
Preceded by
Randall George Lewis MacAlister
Dean of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane
Succeeded by
Kenneth William Rathband
Preceded by
Andrew Bruce Cameron
Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney
Succeeded by