James Hay (bishop)

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James Hay
Bishop of Ross
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Diocese of Ross
In office 1523–1538
Predecessor Robert Cockburn
Successor Robert Cairncross
Consecration after February 25, 1525
Personal details
Born unknown
Died 1538
Previous post Abbot of Dundrennan (1516–1538)

James Hay O. Cist. (died 1538) was a Cistercian abbot and bishop important in the early 16th century Kingdom of Scotland. At some stage in his life he achieved a doctorate in decrees (i.e. canon law), enabling him to be styled D. D..[1]

After the death of Edward Story, Abbot of Dundrennan, on November 28, 1516, Hay was provided to the now vacant abbacy; he became abbot sometime between June 2 and August 9, 1517.[2]

In 1523, following the death of Robert Cockburn, Bishop of Ross, the regent John Stewart, Duke of Albany, nominated Hay to become the new bishop there, a nomination which seems to have been accepted by Pope Adrian VI before the latter died on September 14, 1523.[3]

It was not, however, until September 16, 1524, that the temporalities of the bishopric of Ross were given into Hay's possession, and he had still not received consecration by February 25, 1525.[4]

Among the few things known of his episcopate, Hay was one of the commissioners who held parliament on March 11, 1538; one William of Johnstoun was convicted of heresy in Hay's court in April of the same year.[5] Hay appears to have died in this year, by October 3 at the latest.[3] He was succeeded by Robert Cairncross.[6]


  1. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 225.
  2. ^ Watt & Shead, Heads of Religious Houses, p. 66.
  3. ^ a b Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 270.
  4. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 224; Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 270.
  5. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 225, & n. 2.
  6. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 225; Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 270.


  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
  • Watt, D. E. R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969)
  • Watt, D. E. R. & Shead, N. F. (eds.), The Heads of Religious Houses in Scotland from the 12th to the 16th Centuries, The Scottish Records Society, New Series, Volume 24, (Edinburgh, 2001)
Religious titles
Preceded by
Edward Story
Abbot of Dundrennan
Succeeded by
John Maxwell
Preceded by
Robert Cockburn
Bishop of Ross
Succeeded by
Robert Cairncross