Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness

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Coordinates: 57°28′37″N 4°13′52″W / 57.477°N 4.231°W / 57.477; -4.231

Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness

Sgìre-easbaig Mhoireibh, Rois is Ghallaibh
Crest-moray.png
Location
Ecclesiastical provinceScotland
Statistics
Congregations39[1]
Information
CathedralSt. Andrew's Cathedral, Inverness
Current leadership
BishopMark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness
Map
Map showing the Diocese of Moray, Ross & Caithness as a coloured area covering northern Scotland
Map showing Moray, Ross & Caithness Diocese within Scotland
Website
moray.anglican.org

The Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness is one of the seven dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church. It covers Caithness and Sutherland (the old Diocese of Caithness), mainland Ross and Cromarty (the old Diocese of Ross), and mainland Inverness-shire, Nairnshire, Moray and Banffshire (the old Diocese of Moray). The diocesan centre is St. Andrew's Cathedral in Inverness. The see is currently occupied by Mark Strange.

History[edit]

The three old dioceses united in the modern diocese were all founded during the 12th century. Moray was founded by Gregory in 1114, Ross by Macbeth in 1131 and Caithness by Aindréas of Caithness in 1146. Being more removed from the centre of political power during the Scottish Reformation, each of the dioceses managed to continue an unbroken line of bishops. However, its remoteness also caused problems for the appointment of new bishops under the period of the penal laws. For part of the 17th century, both Ross and Caithness were without a bishop, and, at the beginning of the 18th century, the Diocese of Orkney was united with Caithness. In 1707, Alexander Rose, Bishop of Edinburgh and the first Primus, united Moray with his diocese for reason of practical oversight. John Fullarton, Rose's successor in both roles, continued to oversee Moray until 1725, when it was felt more practical to combine it with the Diocese of Aberdeen, led by James Gadderar. However, in 1727, the new Primus, Andrew Lumsden, appointed William Dunbar as sole Bishop of Moray and Ross, combining the vacant northern see with Moray. In 1777, William Falconar, also Primus, united Orkney, Moray, Ross and Caithness under his rule. In 1819, David Low was appointed Bishop of Ross by itself, but, from 1838 he administered the entire former union and the see officially returned to the union in 1851. In 1857, Orkney was separated to unite with the Diocese of Aberdeen. Mark Strange was elected as the new bishop on 2 June 2007 and was consecrated and installed on 13 October 2007.[2][3][4]

Area and population[edit]

The diocese covers the historic counties of Caithness (population 26,500), Sutherland (population 13,000), mainland Ross and Cromarty (population 57,500), Inverness-shire except the Hebridean parts and Lochaber (population 88,500), Nairnshire (population 12,500), Morayshire (population 68,000), the Dufftown, Keith and Aberchirder areas of Banffshire (population 16,500), and the Huntly area of Aberdeenshire (population 8,000).

This total population of approximately 290,500 gives the diocese a ratio of one priest to every 20,800 inhabitants and one church to every 7,300 inhabitants.

List of churches[edit]

The diocese currently has 15 stipendiary clergy and 40 church buildings. Last fully updated 19 September 2018.

Benefice Churches Link Clergy Ref
Aberchirder (St Marnan)
  • St Marnan, Aberchirder (1824)
[1]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Michael Last
[5]
Keith (Holy Trinity)
  • Holy Trinity, Keith (1688)
[6]
Huntly (Christ Church)
  • Christ Church, Huntly (c1700)
[7]
Fochabers Gordon Chapel
  • Gordon Chapel of St Elizabeth, Fochabers (1834)
[2] [8]
Aberlour (St Margaret of Scotland)
  • St Margaret of Scotland, Aberlour (1879)
[3]
  • Rector: Vacant
  • NSM (Dufftown): Norma Milne
[9]
Dufftown (St Michael and All Angels)
  • St Michael, Dufftown
[10]
Elgin (Holy Trinity) with Lossiemouth (St Margaret)
  • Holy Trinity, Elgin (c1700)
  • St Margaret, Lossiemouth (1889)
  • Burghead Mission
[4]
  • Rector: Vacant
  • NSM: Jenny Sclater
[11]
Rothiemurchus (St John the Baptist)
  • St John the Baptist, Rothiemurchus (1913)
[5]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
  • NSM (Rothiemurchus): Jennifer Jones
  • Hon. Curate: Richard Gillings
[12]
Grantown-On-Spey (St Columba)
  • St Columba, Grantown-on-Spey (1870)
[13]
Forres (St John the Evangelist)
  • St John the Evangelist, Forres (1841)
[6]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Hamilton Inbadas
[14]
Nairn (St Columba)
  • St Columba, Nairn (1853)
[7]
  • Rector: Alison Simpson
[15]
Inverness (Cathedral of St Andrew)
  • Provost: Sarah Murray
  • Curate: Norma Higgott
  • NSM: Peter Simpson
[16][17]
Inverness (St John the Evangelist)
  • St John the Evangelist, Inverness (1691)
[8]
  • Priest-in-Charge: John Cuthbert
  • Curate: Clare Caley
  • Hon. Curate (St Mich): Gerald Stranraer-Mull
[18]
Inverness (St Michael and All Angels)
  • St Michael & All Angels, Inverness (1881)
[9] [19]
Culloden (St Mary-In-The-Fields)
  • St Mary-in-the-Fields, Culloden (1973)
[10]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
[20]
Strathnairn (St Paul)
  • St Paul, Strathnairn (1688)
[11]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Kathy Collins
  • Hon. Curate: Richard Burkitt
[21]
Glenurquhart (St Ninian)
  • St Ninian, Glenurquhart (1853)
[12]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
[22]
[13]
Fortrose (St Andrew)
  • St Andrew, Fortrose (1688)
[14]
  • Rector: Melvin Langille
[23]
Arpafeelie (St John the Evangelist)
  • St John the Evangelist, Arpafeelie (1688)
[24]
Cromarty (St Regulus)
  • St Regulus, Cromarty (1877)
[25]
Poolewe (St Maelrubha)
  • St Maelrubha, Poolewe (1950)
[15]
  • Rector/Priest-in-Charge: Vacant
  • NSM (Poolewe, Kishorn): Heather Widdows
[26]
Kishorn Chapel
  • Courthill Chapel, Kishorn (1901)
[27]
Lochalsh (St Donnan)
  • St Donnan, Lochalsh (1943)
[28]
Strathpeffer (St Anne)
  • St Anne, Strathpeffer
[16]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Julia Boothby
  • NSM (Strathp, Dingw): Ruth Flockhart
  • NSM (Strathp, Dingw): Valerie Saunders
[29]
Dingwall (St James the Great)
  • St James the Great, Dingwall (1704)
[30]
Invergordon (St Ninian)
  • St Ninian, Invergordon (1915)
[31]
Lochinver (St Gilbert)
  • St Boniface of Ross, Achiltibuie
  • St Gilbert's Mission, Kinlochbervie
  • St Gilbert of Caithness, Lochinver
  • St Mary-by-the-Cross, Tongue
  • St Mary the Virgin, Ullapool (1975)
[17]
  • Mission Rector: Nicholas Court
  • NSM: David Higgon
[32]
Ullapool (St Mary the Virgin) [33]
Dornoch (St Finnbarr)
  • St Finnbarr, Dornoch
[18]
  • Priest-in-Charge: James Currall
[34]
Tain (St Andrew)
  • St Andrew, Tain (1877)
[35]
Lairg
  • St Maelrubha's Mission, Lairg
Brora (St Columba)
  • St Columba of Iona, Brora (1909)
[19]
  • Priest-in-Charge: Chris Mayo
[36]
Thurso (St Peter and Holy Rood)
  • St Peter & Holy Rood, Thurso (1884)
[37]
Wick (St John the Evangelist)
  • St John the Evangelist, Wick (1870) [20]
[38]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2010-05-23.
  2. ^ "New Bishop". Diocesan website, news section. 2007-06-02. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  3. ^ "New Bishop Elected for Moray, Ross & Caithness". Website of the Scottish Episcopal Church, news section. 2007-06-02. Retrieved 2007-06-19.
  4. ^ "Ordination of New Bishop". Diocesan website, news section. 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-12-07.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "The Benefice of Aberchirder (St Marnan)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  6. ^ "The Benefice of Keith (Holy Trinity)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  7. ^ "The Benefice of Huntly (Christ Church)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  8. ^ "The Benefice of Fochabers Gordon Chapel". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  9. ^ "The Benefice of Aberlour (St Margaret of Scotland)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  10. ^ "The Benefice of Dufftown (St Michael and All Angels)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  11. ^ "The Benefice of Elgin (Holy Trinity) with Lossiemouth (St Margaret)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  12. ^ "The Benefice of Rothiemurchus (St John the Baptist)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  13. ^ "The Benefice of Grantown-On-Spey (St Columba)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  14. ^ "The Benefice of Forres (St John the Evangelist)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  15. ^ "The Benefice of Nairn (St Columba)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  16. ^ "Moray, Ross and Caithness Cathedral". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  17. ^ "The Benefice of Inverness (Cathedral of St Andrew)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  18. ^ "The Benefice of Inverness (St John the Evangelist)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  19. ^ "The Benefice of Inverness (St Michael and All Angels)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  20. ^ "The Benefice of Culloden (St Mary-In-The-Fields)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  21. ^ "The Benefice of Strathnairn (St Paul)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  22. ^ "The Benefice of Glenurquhart (St Ninian)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  23. ^ "The Benefice of Fortrose (St Andrew)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  24. ^ "The Benefice of Arpafeelie (St John the Evangelist)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  25. ^ "The Benefice of Cromarty (St Regulus)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  26. ^ "The Benefice of Poolewe (St Maelrubha)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  27. ^ "The Benefice of Kishorn Chapel". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  28. ^ "The Benefice of Lochalsh (St Donnan)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  29. ^ "The Benefice of Strathpeffer (St Anne)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  30. ^ "The Benefice of Dingwall (St James the Great)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  31. ^ "The Benefice of Invergordon (St Ninian)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  32. ^ "The Benefice of Lochinver (St Gilbert)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  33. ^ "The Benefice of Ullapool (St Mary the Virgin)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  34. ^ "The Benefice of Dornoch (St Finnbarr)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  35. ^ "The Benefice of Tain (St Andrew)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  36. ^ "The Benefice of Brora (St Columba)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  37. ^ "The Benefice of Thurso (St Peter and Holy Rood)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
  38. ^ "The Benefice of Wick (St John the Evangelist)". www.crockford.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-14.

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