James Hay (bishop)
|Bishop of Ross|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|See||Diocese of Ross|
|Consecration||after February 25, 1525|
|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..
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.
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. Hay appears to have died in this year, by October 3 at the latest. He was succeeded by Robert Cairncross.
- Dowden, Bishops, p. 225.
- Watt & Shead, Heads of Religious Houses, p. 66.
- Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 270.
- Dowden, Bishops, p. 224; Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 270.
- Dowden, Bishops, p. 225, & n. 2.
- 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)
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