George Vaus

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George Vaus (died 1508) was a Scottish prelate from the late 15th and early 16th century. Possessing a Masters Degree, he became a cleric, parson of Wigtown and on 9 December 1482, he was provided the bishopric of Galloway. He was consecrated by 9 October 1483, when he appeared before the lords auditors on behalf of Patrick Vaus,[clarification needed] the future Prior of Whithorn for whom George was tutor; Patrick was involved in a suit concerning certain lands, a suit which ended in the Vaus' favour. In 1504, he became Dean of the Chapel Royal at Stirling, a position with which bishops of Galloway were thereafter associated. The date of his death is not known precisely, but King James IV of Scotland attended a mass for the soul of the bishop on 30 January 1508. It is likely that Vaus' death occurred shortly before this.


  • Donaldson, Gordon, "The Bishops and Priors of Whithorn", in Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History & Antiquarians Society: Transactions and Journal of Proceedings, Third Series, vol. 27 (1950), pp. 127–54
  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
  • Watt, D. E. R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scotinanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969)
Religious titles
Preceded by
Ninian Spot
Bishop of Galloway
Succeeded by
James Beaton
Preceded by
James Allardice
Dean of the Chapel Royal
Succeeded by
James Beaton