Brian Smith (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Brian Smith
Bishop of Edinburgh
Church Scottish Episcopal Church
Diocese Diocese of Edinburgh
In office 2001 – 15 August 2011 (retired)
Predecessor Richard Holloway
Successor John Armes
Other posts Bishop of Tonbridge (1993–2001)
Archdeacon of Craven (1987–1993)
Ordination 1972 (deacon); 1973 (priest)
Consecration 1993
Personal details
Born (1943-08-15) 15 August 1943 (age 73)
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Parents Arthur & Doris
Spouse Elizabeth Hutchinson (m. 1970)
Children 2 daughters
Profession Academic (theologian)
Alma mater University of Edinburgh

Brian Arthur Smith (born 15 August 1943) was the Bishop of Edinburgh in the Scottish Episcopal Church.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Smith was born in Edinburgh and educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh[2] and the University of Edinburgh (he became a Master of Letters {MLitt} and a Master of Arts {MA}),[3]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Smith was ordained in 1973.[4] He began his ordained ministry with a Curacy at Church of All Saints, Cuddesdon, during which he was also a tutor in doctrine at Ripon College Cuddesdon .[4] From here he became successively Director of Training within the Diocese of Wakefield, the Archdeacon of Craven and the Bishop of Tonbridge before his translation to the episcopal see of Edinburgh.[5]

He retired as Bishop of Edinburgh on Monday, 15 August 2011.[6]

Personal life[edit]

A keen snorkeller and short-wave radio enthusiast,[7] he is married with two daughters.[2]


  1. ^ Official website
  2. ^ a b Who’s Who 2008 (London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8)
  3. ^ Between 1968 and 1973 he also gained further degrees at The University of CambridgeDebrett's People of Today: Ed Ellis,P 1992, London, Debtrett's ISBN 1-870520-09-2
  4. ^ a b Crockfords On line- accessed Saturday 21 April 2008, 20:09
  5. ^ Date of appointment
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  7. ^ Biographical details Archived 10 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine.