Martin Shaw (bishop)

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

Education and family[edit]

He was educated at King's College London, awarded an Associate of King's College in 1967; Warminster Theological College from 1967 to 1968; and the University of Glasgow, awarded a Certificate in Social Psychology in 1970.[1] He is married to Elspeth, and they have two children, Madeleine and Ben.[2]

Ecclesiastical career[edit]

He was ordained to the Anglican ministry as a deacon in 1968 and a priest in 1969.[1] 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).[1] 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).[1] He was then Rector of Dunoon (1978–1981) and the succentor at Exeter Cathedral in 1981.[1] His last appointment before being ordained to the episcopate was as precentor and a residentiary canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.[2]

He was elected Bishop of Argyll and The Isles at a meeting of the electoral synod in Oban in March 2004.[2] He was consecrated and installed at a service on 8 June 2004 at St John's Episcopal Cathedral, Oban.[2] After serving as bishop of the Diocese of Argyll and The Isles for five years, he retired in September 2009.[3]

Shaw is now an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Exeter.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Bertie, David M. (2000). Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689–2000. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. p. 433. ISBN 0567087468. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Episcopal Retirements". Scottish Episcopal Church. 4 March 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Diocese of Exeter: Current bishops". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 6 July 2013. 
Scottish Episcopal Church titles
Preceded by
Douglas Cameron
Bishop of Argyll and The Isles
Succeeded by
Kevin Pearson