Matthew (bishop of Aberdeen)

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Matthew (died 1199) was a 12th-century churchman residing in Scotland. He is the first man known to have held the position of Archdeacon of St Andrews, his first known ecclesiastical post. He occurs in this office in a document which can be dated to some point between August 1147 and June 1152. In 1172, after the death of Bishop Edward, Archdeacon Matthew was elected to be the latter's successor as Bishop of Aberdeen. He was consecrated on April 2, 1172.

Matthew was the principal prelate in charge of the consecration of John the Scot at Holyrood Abbey on June 15, 1180. Matthew maintained his links with Fife, appearing in numerous charters relating to that province. He had a brother named Odo who was the dapifer ("steward") of Ernald, Bishop of St Andrews (1160–63). His family may have been the one that eventually took the locative surname "de Kininmund" (or variants). He died on August 20, 1199, and was succeeded by John, the prior of Kelso Abbey.


  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912), pp. 99–100
  • Innes, Cosmo, Registrum Episcopatus Aberdonensis: Ecclesie Cathedralis Aberdonensis Regesta Que Extant in Unum Collecta, Vol. 1, (Edinburgh, 1845), pp. xx-i
  • Keith, Robert, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops: Down to the Year 1688, (London, 1924), pp. 104–5
  • Watt, D.E.R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scotinanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969), pp. 1, 304
Religious titles
Preceded by
Archdeacon of St Andrews
between 1147 and 1152–1172
Succeeded by
Walter de Roxburgh
Preceded by
Bishop of Aberdeen
Succeeded by
Legal offices
Preceded by
Donnchad II, Earl of Fife
Justiciar of Scotia
between 1172–1199
with Donnchad II, Earl of Fife (c. 1172–1199)
Gille Brigte, Earl of Strathearn (c. 1172–1199)
Succeeded by
Donnchad II, Earl of Fife