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Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway

Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway
Gregor Duthie Duncan
Province Scotland
Diocese Glasgow and Galloway
Cathedral St Mary's Glasgow
First incumbent Michael Russell
Formation 1837

The Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway is the ordinary of the Scottish Episcopal Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway.

Brief history

When the dioceses of Glasgow and Galloway were combined in 1837, Michael Russell, the then incumbent of Leith became the first bishop of the combined see. Initially there were only three or four congregations in the south west of Scotland.[1]

Until the establishment of St Mary's Church in Great Western Road as the cathedral of the diocese, the bishops were also incumbents of individual congregations - Michael Russell at Leith; Walter Trower at St Mary's Church in Glasgow; and William Wilson at Ayr.

The episcopate of William Harrison was specially notable for the exceptional expansion of the church in the south west of Scotland.

Bishop Reid was translated to the Diocese of Saint Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane. His successor, Bishop Darbyshire, was also translated becoming the Archbishop of Cape Town in the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa).

Bishop Rawcliffe was already a bishop when he came to the diocese having previously been consecrated at the first Bishop of the New Hebrides in the Church of the Province of Melanesia between 1974 and 1980.

Bishops of the united diocese

First Bishop's Plaque in the Chancel of St Mary's Cathedral (29 July 2006) Stewart D. Macfarlane

The bishops of the combined See of Glasgow and Galloway [2][3] are listed on two plaques on the south wall of the chancel in St Mary's Cathedral. As the first plaque was filled recording the episcopate of Bishop Rawcliffe, a second plaque was installed following the enthronement of Bishop Taylor.

A gallery of portraits of the past bishops is displayed in the sacristy corridor in the cathedral.


  1. ^ A Short History of the Episcopal Church in Scotland (2nd Edition) 1974 - F. Goldie pp 115-117
  2. ^ A Short History of the Episcopal Church in Scotland (2nd Edition) 1974 - F. Goldie pp 115, 171
  3. ^ Plaques in the Chancel of St Mary's Cathedral
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