Martin Shaw (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Martin Shaw
Bishop of Argyll and The Isles
Church Scottish Episcopal Church
Diocese Diocese of Argyll and The Isles
In office 2004–2009
Ordination 1968 (deacon)
1969 (priest)
Consecration 8 June 2004
Personal details
Birth name Alexander Martin Shaw
Born (1944-09-22) 22 September 1944 (age 72)
Spouse Elspeth
Children Two
Alma mater King's College, London
University of Glasgow

Alexander Martin Shaw (called Martin; born 22 September 1944) is a retired Anglican bishop who served in the Scottish Episcopal Church. He was the Bishop of Argyll and The Isles from 2004 to 2009.

Early life and education[edit]

Shaw studied theology at King's College London, and was awarded the Associateship of King's College (AKC) in 1967.[1] He trained for ordination at Warminster Theological College from 1967 to 1968. He studied at the University of Glasgow, from which he was awarded a Certificate in Social Psychology in 1970.[2]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Shaw was ordained to the Anglican ministry as a deacon in 1968 and a priest in 1969.[2] His first pastoral appointment was as curate at St Oswald's Church, Glasgow (1968–1970), then as a curate at Old Saint Paul's, Edinburgh (1970–1975).[2] He served as the chaplain to King's College, Cambridge (1975–1977) and the principal of the Institute of Christian Studies, All Saints, Margaret Street, London (1977–1978).[2] He was then Rector of Dunoon (1978–1981) and the succentor at Exeter Cathedral in 1981.[2] His last appointment before being ordained to the episcopate was as precentor and a residentiary canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.[3]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

Shaw was elected Bishop of Argyll and The Isles at a meeting of the electoral synod in Oban in March 2004.[3] He was consecrated and installed at a service on 8 June 2004 at St John's Episcopal Cathedral, Oban.[3] After serving as bishop of the Diocese of Argyll and The Isles for five years, he retired in September 2009.[4]

Since 2010, Shaw had been an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Exeter.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Shaw is married to Elspeth. Together, they have two children; Madeleine and Ben.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Alexander Martin Shaw". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 15 January 2016.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d e Bertie, David M. (2000). Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689–2000. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. p. 433. ISBN 0567087468. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Bishop Murray welcomes new Episcopal Bishop of Argyll and The Isles". Scottish Catholic Media Office. 2 April 2004. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Episcopal Retirements". Scottish Episcopal Church. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
Scottish Episcopal Church titles
Preceded by
Douglas Cameron
Bishop of Argyll and The Isles
Succeeded by
Kevin Pearson