Simon of Dunblane

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Bishop of Dunblane
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Diocese of Dunblane
In office 1168 × 1178–1195 × 1198
Predecessor Laurence
Successor Jonathan
Consecration unknown
Personal details
Born unknown
Died 1194 × 1198

Simon (d. 1194 × 1198) is the third known 12th century Bishop of Dunblane. Nothing is known of Simon's background as there are numerous Simons in Scotland in this period, both native and foreign. There is a Symon de Liberatione who witnessed a charter of King William the Lion and whom Watt and Murray suggested may have been the later Bishop of Dunblane,[1] while there was in the same decade a local landholder and ecclesiastical patron in the diocese of Dunblane called Simón son of Mac Bethad.[2]

Simon's name occurs as Bishop of Dunblane alongside Simon de Tosny, Bishop of Moray, and Hugh, Bishop of St Andrews, in a charter dated to 1178, though Watt and Murray believed at this stage he was only bishop-elect.[3] This is because two unnamed Scottish bishops were consecrated at the Third Lateran Council in March 1179, and candidates for these bishops are otherwise short in supply.[4]

He witnessed a charter of King William to Arbroath Abbey datable between 1178 and September 1184.[5] He witnessed a charter of Melrose Abbey datable to between 1180 and 1198.[6] He issued his own charter to Arbroath Abbey between 1189 and 1196, in which he gave certain rights pertaining to the church of Abernethy to the abbey.[7] His issued a charter around 1190 granting the church of Inchaffray to "Isaac and his successors", Isaac being one of the pre-Augustinian monks.[8]

His last appearance is as a witness to a charter of Gille Brigte, Mormaer of Strathearn, to what became Inchaffray Abbey, dated to either 1194 or 1195.[9] His successor Jonathan appears as Bishop in an Arbroath document which must have been issued between 1194 and March 1198.[10]

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  1. ^ Barrow (ed.), Acts of William I, p. 228; Watt & Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 99.
  2. ^ Fraser (ed.), Registrum monasterii S. Marie, pp. 313-4.
  3. ^ Bruce (ed.), Liber Cartarum Prioratus, p. 147; Dowden, Bishops, p. 194; Watt & Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 99.
  4. ^ Watt & Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 99.
  5. ^ Barrow (ed.), Acts of William I, p. 253.
  6. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 194.
  7. ^ Cockburn, Medieval Bishops, p. 29.
  8. ^ Lindsay & Thomson (eds.), Charters of Inchaffray, p. 1; Cockburn, Medieval Bishops, p. 29; Neville, Native Lordship, p. 169.
  9. ^ Lindsay & Thomson (eds.), Charters of Inchaffray, pp. 1-2; Neville, Native Lordship, p. 132 gives 1194.
  10. ^ Lindsay & Thomson (eds.), Charters of Inchaffray, p. 1; Watt & Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 99.


  • Barrow, G. W. S., The Acts of William I, (Regesta Regum Scottorum, Volume II, Edinburgh, 1971)
  • Bruce, O. Tyndall (ed.), Liber Cartarum Prioratus Sancti Andree in Scotia; E Registro Ipso in Archivis Baronum De Panmure Hodie Asservato, (Edinburgh, 1841)
  • Cockburn, James Hutchison, The Medieval Bishops of Dunblane and Their Church, (Edinburgh, 1959)
  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
  • Fraser, Sir William (ed.), Registrum monasterii S. Marie de Cambuskenneth, A. D. 1147-1535, (Edinburgh, 1872)
  • Lindsay, William Alexander, & Thomson, John Maitland, (eds.) Charters of Inchaffray, Publications of the Scottish History Society, vol. LVI, (Edinburgh, 1908)
  • Neville, Cynthia J., Native Lordship in Medieval Scotland: The Earldoms of Strathearn and Lennox, c. 1140–1365, (Dublin, 2005)
  • Watt, D. E. R., & Murray, A. L., Fasti Ecclesiae Scotinanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, Revised Edition, (Edinburgh, 2003)
Religious titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Dunblane
1168 × 1178–1194 × 1198
Succeeded by