Robert Shaw (bishop)

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Robert Shaw (died 1527) was a Scottish cluniac monk and prelate. A son of the Laird of Sauchie, he became a monk at Paisley Abbey. He was provided as Abbot of Paisley after the resignation of Abbot George Shaw on 20 July 1498. As abbot, he took an active if unimportant role in national affairs, appearing many times as a witness to royal charters. On 11 January 1525, he was given crown nomination to Pope Clement VII to succeed James Hepburn as Bishop of Moray. The nomination was agreeable with the papacy and on 17 May he was provided to the see. He held the diocese of Moray for only two years, serving once on a diplomatic mission to England. He died sometime before November 1527.


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Religious titles
Preceded by
George Shaw
Abbot of Paisley
Succeeded by
John Hamilton
Preceded by
James Hepburn
Bishop of Moray
Succeeded by
Alexander Douglas (uncons.)
Alexander Stewart