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Aitken [Atkine], James (1612/13–1687), bishop of Galloway, was born in Kirkwall, Orkney, the third son of Henry Aitken, commissary and sheriff of Orkney and Shetland, and Elizabeth Buchanan. He attended Kirkwall grammar school before moving on to the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated MA on 23 July 1636. During the next two turbulent years of the covenanting revolution he completed his formal education at ...

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A. B. Grosart

revised by Alan R. MacDonald

Bellenden, Adam (c. 1572–1648), bishop of Dunblane and of Aberdeen, was the son of Sir John Bellenden (d. 1576) of Auchnoul, lord justice clerk 1547–72, and his third wife, Janet Seton, and the half-brother of Sir Lewis Bellenden, also lord justice clerk. He studied at the ...

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Campbell, Alexander, of Carco (d. 1608), bishop of Brechin, was a younger son of Sir John Campbell of Ardkinglas in Argyll, and brother to James Campbell of Ardkinglas, comptroller during the minority of James VI. In May 1566, while still apparently a minor, he received the bishopric of ...

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Campbell, Neil (d. 1613?), bishop of Argyll, appears to have been the son of Alexander Macpherson of the Carnassarie Campbells, the surname meaning 'son of the parson', although the combination of a common surname and paucity of records makes certain identification difficult. One ...

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Carswell, John [Séon Carsuel] (c. 1522–1572), bishop of the Isles, known in tradition as ‘Carsualach Mór Chàrn-Àsaraidh’ (‘Big Carswell of Carnassarie’), was probably born at Kilmartin in Argyll. His ancestors may well have been recently brought over from Corsewall in Wigtownshire, an estate then under ...

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Cunningham, David (c. 1540–1600), bishop of Aberdeen, is of uncertain parentage—his father may have been William Cunningham of Cunninghamhead. Although the identification cannot be taken as certain, he was probably the David Cunningham who was incorporated in St Leonard's College, St Andrews, by 25 March 1557, and who graduated MA between 23 November 1560 and 6 November 1562—most probably in 1561. These dates suggest that he was born about 1540. There is no doubt that he studied in ...

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James Cooper

revised by A. S. Wayne Pearce

Forbes, Alexander (1564–1617), bishop of Aberdeen, was the son of John Forbes of Ardmurdo, from the Brux branch of the Forbes family, and his second wife, Helen Graham, a daughter of Graham of Morphie. He graduated MA from the University of St Andrews...

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Forbes, Patrick, of Corse (1564–1635), bishop of Aberdeen, was born at Corse Castle, Aberdeenshire, on 24 August 1564, the eldest son of William Forbes (d. 1598), laird of Corse, and Elizabeth Strachan, and brother of John Forbes of Alford. After attending the high school of ...

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Forbes, Patrick (d. c. 1680), bishop of Caithness, was the third son of John Forbes (c. 1565–1634), the minister of Alford banished from Scotland for his defiant stance against the royal supremacy at the Aberdeen assembly of 1605, and Christian, the daughter of ...

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Patrick Forbes of Corse (1564–1635) by R. G., pubd 1635 © National Portrait Gallery, London