Thomas Rattray

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The Most Reverend
Thomas Rattray,
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Church Scottish Episcopal Church
Elected July 1738
Term ended 12 May 1743
Predecessor David Freebairn
Successor Robert Keith
Other posts Bishop of Dunkeld (1731–43)
Consecration 4 June 1727
Personal details
Born 1684
Died 12 May 1743, aged 59
Nationality Scottish
Previous post Bishop of Brechin (1727–31)

Thomas Rattray (1684–1743) was an Anglican bishop who served as the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 1738 to 1743.[1][2]

He was chosen as Bishop of Brechin by the clergy of that diocese, in opposition to John Ochterlony who was the choice of the college of bishops.[1] He was consecrated in Edinburgh on 4 June 1727 by Primus Millar and bishops Gadderar and Cant, but the college of bishops contended that Rattray's consecration had been irregular and uncanonical.[1][2] The matter was not resolved until he was appointed Bishop of Dunkeld in 1731.[1][2] He was also elected the Primus in July 1738.[1][2]

He died in office on 12 May 1743, aged 59.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Bertie, David M. (2000). Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. p. 118. ISBN 0567087468. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Skinner, John (1818). Annals of Scottish Episcopacy. Aberbeen: A. Brown & Co. p. 535. 
Scottish Episcopal Church titles
Preceded by
Robert Norrie
Bishop of Brechin
Succeeded by
John Ochterlony
Preceded by
John Hamilton
Bishop of Dunkeld
Succeeded by
John Alexander
Preceded by
David Freebairn
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Succeeded by
Robert Keith