John Armes

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John Armes
Bishop of Edinburgh
ChurchScottish Episcopal Church
DioceseDiocese of Edinburgh
Elected11 February 2012
Installed12 May 2012
PredecessorBrian Smith
Ordination1979 (deacon); 1980 (priest); 2012 (bishop)
Personal details
Birth nameJohn Andrew Armes
Born (1955-09-10) 10 September 1955 (age 63)
Hammersmith, London
Childrenfour children

John Andrew Armes (born 10 September 1955) is the Scottish Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh.


He was educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (B.A. 1977; M.A. 1981), the University of Manchester (Ph.D. 1996), and Salisbury Theological College (1977).[1]

Anglican ministry[edit]

He was ordained in the Anglican ministry as a deacon in 1979, and a priest in 1980.[1][2] After a curacy at Walney Island, 1979–82, he was Chaplain to Agriculture in the Diocese of Carlisle, 1982–86.[1] He was Team Vicar of Greystoke, Matterdale, and Mungrisdale, 1982–86, and Team Vicar of Watermillock, 1982–86.[1] His next appointment at Whitworth, Lancashire was Team Vicar (1986–88) and then Team Rector (1988–94); during which time he was also Chaplain to the University of Manchester, 1986–94.[1] He was then Priest in charge of Goodshaw and Crawshawbooth, 1994–98, and Area Dean of Rossendale, 1994–98.[1] His next appointments were as Rector of St John's, Edinburgh, 1998–2012, and Dean of Edinburgh, 2010–2012.[1]

He was elected Bishop of Edinburgh on 11 February 2012 and was consecrated and installed on 12 May 2012.[3]

Dr Armes is married to Clare; they have four children. His interests include theatre, cinema, walking, reading novels, watching sport, travel and humour.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, p. 163.
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1980-82: Oxford, OUP, 1983 ISBN 0-19-200010-1
  3. ^ a b "The Bishop of Edinburgh". Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2015.


  • Bertie, David M. (2000). Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689–2000. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. ISBN 0567087468.
Scottish Episcopal Church titles
Preceded by
Kevin Pearson
Dean of Edinburgh
2004 to 2012
Succeeded by
Susan Macdonald
Preceded by
Brian Smith
Bishop of Edinburgh
2012 to present