Symeon of Rosemarkie

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Symeon (Simón)
Bishop of Ross
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Diocese of Ross
In office 1127 × 1151 – 1155 × 1161
Predecessor Mac Bethad
Successor Gregoir
Personal details
Born unknown
Died 1155 x

Symeon (Middle Gaelic: Simón; fl. 1147 – 1155) is the second known Bishop of Ross in the 12th century. His predecessor Mac Bethad occurred as bishop in a document datable between 1127 and 1131.[1]

Symeon appeared for the first time when he witnessed a charter by King David I of Scotland granting Nithbren and Balcristin to Dunfermline Abbey.[2] This is the only extant charter witnessed by Bishop Symeon.[3] This charter is also witnessed by Alwin, Abbot of Holyrood (Alwyno abbate de Edenb.,), who had resigned his abbacy in 1151, and by Herbert, Bishop of Glasgow, who was consecrated as bishop at Auxerre on 24 August 1147, meaning that the charter was issued and witnessed between these two dates.[4]

A "S. Bishop of St Peter in Ross" was addressed by Pope Adrian IV in a Papal Bull issued on 25 February 1155.[5] His date of death is not known, but fell between that date in 1155 and 1161, when his successor Gregoir was consecrated as bishop.[6]


  1. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 209; Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 145
  2. ^ Lawrie, Charters, no. 224.
  3. ^ Lawrie, Charters, p. 426.
  4. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 209; Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 145; Watt & Shead, Heads of Religious Houses, p. 92.
  5. ^ Dowden, Bishops, p. 209.
  6. ^ Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 266.


  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
  • Keith, Robert, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops: Down to the Year 1688, (London, 1924)
  • Watt, D. E. R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scotinanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969)
  • Watt, D. E. R.,& Shead, N.F. (eds.), The Heads of Religious Houses in Scotland from the 12th to the 16th Centuries, The Scottish Records Society, New Series, Volume 24, (Edinburgh, 2001)
Religious titles
Preceded by
Mac Bethad
Bishop of Ross
1127 × 1151 – 1155 × 1161
Succeeded by