Robert Sinclair (bishop)

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Robert Sinclair († 1398) was a late 14th century bishop of Orkney and bishop of Dunkeld. Before becoming a bishop, he was Dean of Moray and had obtained a Bachelor's degree in Law. By 28 November 1383 he is being spoken of in the documents of Avignon Pope Clement VII as bishop-elect of Orkney, and was probably fully appointed by 27 January 1384. On 1 February 1391 he was translated to the more prestigious bishopric of Dunkeld. Within a few years of his translation to Dunkeld, Robert found himself involved in a serious dispute with William Blackburn, the abbot of Cambuskenneth. The details of this dispute are not entirely known, but on 25 March 1393 he was excommunicated by a papal judge-delegate. Intervention by King Robert III probably gained him absolution within the following few year or so. On 18 January 1395 he visited Cambuskenneth Abbey with a retinue of 56 horses, and was entertained there, an event which certainly points to some kind of reconciliation. Robert was dead by November 1398.

References[edit]

  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
Religious titles
Preceded by
William
Bishop of Orkney
Avignon candidate
Opposed by John of Pentlar

1382/4–1391
Succeeded by
Alexander Vaus (unconsecrated)
William Stephani
Preceded by
John de Peblys
Bishop of Dunkeld
1391–1398
Succeeded by
Robert de Cardeny