John Hepburn (bishop)

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John Hepburn
Bishop of Brechin
Coat of arms of John Hepburn, Bishop of Brechin.jpg
Coat of arms of John Herburn
See Diocese of Brechin
In office 1516–1557
Predecessor William Meldrum
Successor Donald Campbell
Consecration June 1522 x February 1523
Personal details
Born circa 1500
East Lothian
Died early 1557

John Hepburn (died between 27 March and 22 May 1557) was provided bishop of Brechin, Scotland, by Pope Leo X on 29 October 1516, but there may have been a delay in consecrating him due to his "defect of age".[1] He may not have been consecrated until sometime between June 1522 and 23 February 1523, though the evidence is complex and contradictory.[2]

He was one of the younger sons of Sir Patrick Hepburn, 1st Earl of Bothwell by his spouse Margaret, daughter of George Gordon, 2nd Earl of Huntly, whose marriage contract was signed on 21 February 1491, indicating a probable year of birth for John as circa 1500.[3]

Bishop Hepburn's first recorded appearance in parliament appears on 16 November 1524, occurring thereafter with great regularity.[4] He died on the eve of the Scottish Reformation having served four decades in office.[5]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
William Meldrum
Bishop of Brechin
Succeeded by
Donald Campbell


  1. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 189; Watt and Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 55
  2. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 189; Watt and Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, pp. 55–56
  3. ^ Balfour Paul, Sir James, "The Scots Peerage", Edinburgh, 1905, 'Bothwell', p.154.
  4. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 189
  5. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 190; Watt and Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 56


  • Dowden, John (1912), The Bishops of Scotland : Being Notes on the Lives of All the Bishops, under Each of the Sees, Prior to the Reformation, Glasgow: James Maclehose and Sons 
  • Watt, D. E. R.; Murray, A. L., eds. (2003), Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, The Scottish Record Society, New Series, Volume 25 (Revised ed.), Edinburgh: The Scottish Record Society, ISBN 0-902054-19-8, ISSN 0143-9448