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Robert Paterson (clergy)

The Rt Revd
Robert Paterson
MA DipTh[1] MLC
Bishop of Sodor and Man
Diocese Diocese of Sodor and Man
Installed 14 June 2008
Predecessor Graeme Knowles
Other posts Dean of Peel (ex officio)
Ordination 1972[1]
Consecration 25 April 2008
Personal details
Born (1949-02-27) 27 February 1949 (age 65)
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Pauline Anne[1]
Children One son and two daughters[1]
Alma mater St John's College, Durham
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Robert Mar Erskine Paterson MLC (born 27 February 1949) is Bishop of Sodor and Man in the Church of England.


He was educated and trained at St John's College and Cranmer Hall, Durham.

From 1972 to 1973 he was a curate in Manchester and then transferred to the Church in Wales where he undertook a further curacy in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon from 1973 to 1978. From 1978 to 1983 he was Rector of two parishes and World Mission Officer. From 1983 to 1994 he was a Vicar in Cardiff and then Team Rector until 2000 in Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan.

From 2000 to 2006 he was Principal Officer of the Church in Wales Council for Mission and Ministry. He has served on a number of national and international bodies, and has been Vice Chair of the Anglican Primates' working group on theological education. In 2004 he was made a Canon of the Province of Wales.

He was appointed Chaplain and Researcher to the Archbishop of York in 2006 and was then nominated as the next Bishop of Sodor and Man in 2008,[2] to replace Graeme Knowles. The appointment was confirmed by Letters Patent issued by Elizabeth II on 18 April 2008,[3] he was consecrated as a bishop on 25 April 2008 at York Minster.[4] He was enthroned Bishop of Sodor and Man on 14 June 2008 in St German's Cathedral at Peel, Isle of Man.[5][6]

He is author of a number of books on liturgy and preaching and his interests include current affairs, early music, literature, walking, cycling and the countryside.

As the Island's Bishop, he sits on the Legislative Council of Tynwald and has a vote in the Manx Parliament.

On Wednesday 20th February 2013 Bishop Robert spoke & voted in Tynwald Court, the two branches of the parliament of the Isle of Man assembled, in favour of a proposal to impose fees & associated debt obligations onto students from the island wishing to continue into tertiary level education. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy"


  • Robert Paterson Esq (1949–1972)
  • The Revd Robert Paterson (1972–2008)
  • The Rt Revd Robert Paterson (2008–present)


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Graeme Knowles
Bishop of Sodor and Man

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