Diocese of Galloway

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This article is about historical diocese of the Scottish church. For the modern resurrected Roman Catholic diocese, see Roman Catholic Diocese of Galloway. For other uses, see Diocese of Galloway (disambiguation).

Coordinates: 55°04′08″N 3°36′29″W / 55.069°N 3.608°W / 55.069; -3.608

Diocese of Galloway
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Head Bishop of Galloway
Archdeacon(s) Archdeacon of Galloway
Known rural deans Desnes, Farines, Rhinns
First attestation December 9, 1128
Metropolitan before 1472 Archbishop of York
Metropolitan after 1492 Archbishop of Glasgow
Cathedral Whithorn Priory
Dedication Martin of Tours
Native dedication Ninian (Uinniau, Finnian)
Canons Premonstratensian canons
Mensal churches Girthon; Inch; Kirkinner; Rhinns.
Common churches Borgue; Clayshant; Cruggleton; Gelston; Glasserton; Great Sorbie; Kilcolmkill; Kirkandrews; Kirkdale; Kirkinner; Kirkmaiden; Kirkmichael; Little Sorbie; Longcastle; Mochrum; Toskerton; Whithorn; Wigtown.
Prebendal churches Kells; Penninghame.
Catholic successor Resurrected: 1876
Episcopal successor Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway
Skene's map of Scottish bishoprics in the reign of David I (reigned 1124–1153).

The Diocese of Galloway was one of the thirteen (after 1633 fourteen) dioceses of the pre-1689 Scottish Church. The Diocese was led by the Bishop of Galloway and was centred on Whithorn Cathedral.

In the Middle Ages there was only one archdeacon, the Archdeacon of Galloway. There are three known deaneries, the deaneries of Desnes (Kirkcudbright), Farines (Wigtown) and Rhinns. The deaneries of Farines and Rhinns were combined by the 16th century.

List of bishops[edit]

List of archdeacons[edit]

List of cathedral priors[edit]

List of known rural deans[edit]

Early known rural deans[edit]

  • Mac Bethad or Máel Bethad, fl. 1165 x 1174
  • James, 1185 x 1197

List of known deans of Desnes[edit]

  • Matthew, 1200 x 1209-1209 x 1222[1]
  • Thomas, fl. 1250[1]
  • John Wallace, fl. 1331[1]
  • Herbert Dunn, fl. 1529.[2]

List of known deans of Farines[edit]

  • William, fl. 1200 x 1209[3]
  • S.[...], fl. 1254-1257[4]

List of known deans of Rhinns[edit]

  • Gilbert, fl. 1200 x 1209

List of known deans of Farines and Rhinns[edit]

  • John MacCraken, fl. 1538-1552
  • Michael Hawthorn, fl. 1559


  1. ^ a b c Dean of Desnes.
  2. ^ Dean of Kirkcudbright.
  3. ^ Dean of Farines.
  4. ^ Dean of Wigtown.


  • Watt, D.E.R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969), pp. 138–9