Robert Douglas (bishop)

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Robert Douglas (died 22 September 1716) was a seventeenth- and early eighteenth Scottish churchman. Son of Robert Douglas of Kinmonth, a relative of the Earls of Angus, he was educated at King's College, Aberdeen, before beginning life as a preacher around 1650. He became the minister of Laurencekirk in the Mearns, then Bothwell and Renfrew; after the Restoration, King Charles II presented him to the parsonage of Hamilton, a position which came with the deanery of Glasgow.

Within a short period however he became Bishop of Brechin, holding that bishopric for two years before being translated to the diocese of Dunblane. Douglas was Bishop of Dunblane until the abolition of Episcopacy in Scotland following the Revolution deprived Douglas and all other Scottish bishops of their sees. He died on 22 September 1716 in Dundee, at "the uncommon age of 92".[1]


  1. ^ Keith, Historical Catalogue, p. 183.


  • Keith, Robert, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops: Down to the Year 1688, (London, 1924)
Religious titles
Preceded by
George Haliburton
Bishop of Brechin
Succeeded by
Alexander Cairncross
Preceded by
James Ramsay
Bishop of Dunblane
Succeeded by
Episcopacy abolished