Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney

Sgìre-easbaig Obar Dheathain agus Arcaibh
Crest-aberdeen.png
Location
CountryScotland
Ecclesiastical provinceScotland
SubdivisionsAberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Chaplaincies, The Isles
HeadquartersMarischal College, Aberdeen
Statistics
Congregations46
Information
DenominationScottish Episcopal Church
CathedralSt Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen
Current leadership
BishopAnne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney
DeanAlison Simpson
Map
Map showing Aberdeen & Orkney as a coloured area covering the area around Aberdeen, with Orkney and Sheltand

Map showing Aberdeen & Orkney within Scotland
Website
aberdeen.anglican.org

The Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney is one of the seven dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church. Created in 1865, the diocese covers the historic county of Aberdeenshire, and the Orkney and Shetland island groups. It shares with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Aberdeen a Christian heritage that can be traced back to Norman times, and incorporates the ancient Diocese of Orkney, founded in 1035.

The diocese is considered the most conservative of the dioceses of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and was the only diocese to reject a change in the church's teaching to allow same-sex marriage in 2017.[1]

The first female bishop of the SEC, Anne Dyer, was appointed to the diocese in November 2017 and consecrated and enthroned on 3 March 2018. Her gender, support of same-sex marriage, and the fact that she was not elected by the diocese itself (she was appointed by the College of Bishops in accordance with the SEC canonical process when a diocese fails to meet the requirements to elect its own bishop), caused some controversy,[1][2][3] and two senior clergy, the Dean (Emsley Nimmo) and another member of the Cathedral Chapter, resigned their diocesan roles in protest.[4] After further resignations by other clergy, the Westhill Community Church voted to leave the SEC in January 2019.[5]

The diocese has a strong companion link with the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut and the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Samuel Seabury, the first Episcopal bishop outside the British Isles, was consecrated in 1784 by Robert Kilgour, Bishop of Aberdeen, and John Skinner, coadjutor bishop. Clarence Coleridge, suffragan bishop of Connecticut, was consecrated by a Bishop of Aberdeen in 1981; he was elected 13th diocesan bishop of Connecticut in 1993.

Area and population

The diocese covers the historic counties of Orkney (population 21,500), Zetland (population 23,000), Aberdeenshire except the Huntly area (population 393,000), the Banff, Buckie and Cullen areas of Banffshire (population 29,500), and the Banchory and Lower Deeside areas of Kincardineshire (population 26,000).

This total population of approximately 493,000 gives the diocese a ratio of one priest to every 20,500 inhabitants and one church to every 12,000 inhabitants.

List of bishops

For bishops of the separate dioceses (until 1864), see Bishop of Aberdeen and Bishop of Orkney.

Bishops of Aberdeen and Orkney
From Until Incumbent Notes
1865 1883 Thomas Suther Died in office.
1883 1905 Arthur Douglas Died in office.
1906 1911 Rowland Ellis Died in office.
1912 1917 Anthony Mitchell Died in office.
1917 1943 Frederic Deane
1943 1955 Herbert Hall Died in office.
1956 1972 Frederick Easson
1973 1976 Ian Begg
1976 1991 Frederick Darwent
1991 2006 Bruce Cameron Installed 1992, Primus 2000–2006.
2006 2016[6] Robert (Bob) Gillies
2018 Incumbent[7] Anne Dyer First female bishop in the SEC

List of provosts

Further information: St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen

List of deans

The following served as Dean of Aberdeen diocese:

The following have served as Dean of Aberdeen and Orkney:

Churches and clergy

The diocese currently has 23 stipendiary clergy and 40 churches.

Benefice Churches Link Founded (building) Clergy
Banff[13] St Andrew, Banff [1] 1722 (1833) J. Paisey
Buckie[14] All Saints, Buckie [2] c. 1689 (1876)
Turriff[15] St Congan, Turriff [3] 1738 (1862) -
Cuminestown[16] St Luke, Cuminestown [4] C18th (1844) -
New Pitsligo[17] St John the Evangelist, New Pitsligo [5] 1835 (1870s) -
Strichen[18] All Saints, Strichen [6] 1861 -
Fraserburgh[19] St Peter, Fraserburgh [7] 1721 (1892) -
Longside[20] St John the Evangelist, Longside [8] 1716 (1854) R. O'Sullivan
Old Deer[21] St Drostan, Old Deer [9] 1851
Peterhead[22] St Peter, Peterhead [10] 1699 (1814)
Cruden Bay[23] St James the Less, Cruden Bay [11] C18th (1843) -
Ellon[24] St Mary-on-the-Rock, Ellon C18th (1871)
Insch[25] St Drostan, Insch [12] 1894 A. MacDonald
Fyvie[26] All Saints, Woodhead of Fyvie [13] 1849
Oldmeldrum[27] St Matthew & St George, Oldmeldrum [14] 1863 -
Alford[28] St Andrew, Alford [15] 1869 M. Blake
Auchindoir[29] St Mary, Auchindoir [16] -
Inverurie[30] St Mary, Inverurie [17] 1841
Kemnay[31] St Anne, Kemnay [18] 1938
Whiterashes[32] All Saints, Whiterashes [19] 1858
Aberdeen (Cathedral of St Andrew)[33][34] St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen [20] 1817 I. Poobalan
Bieldside[35] Carpenters Arms Fellowship 4 Everyone [21] G. Bowyer
St Devenick, Bieldside [22] 1894 (1903)
Aberdeen (St Clement)[36] St Clement, Aberdeen [23] 1960s J. Lyon
Aberdeen (St Ninian)[37] St Ninian, Aberdeen [24] 1936
Aberdeen (St James)[38] St James the Less, Aberdeen [25] 1804 R. Green
J. Souter
Aberdeen (St John the Evangelist)[39] St John, Aberdeen [26] 1720 (1851) J. Holden
Aberdeen (St Margaret of Scotland)[40] St Margaret of Scotland, Gallowgate [27] 1867 (1870) A. Nimmo
Aberdeen (St Mary)[41] St Mary, Carden Place [28] 1863 (1864) T. Taggart
J. Hobbs
Cove Bay[42] St Mary, Cove Bay [29] 1864 -
Bucksburn[43] St Machar, Bucksburn [30] 1874 (1880) D. Heddle
Aboyne[44] St Thomas, Aboyne [31] 1909 V. Hancock
Ballater[45] St Kentigern, Ballater [32] C19th (1907)
St Ninian's Chapel, Braemar [33] 1895
Kincardine O'Neil[46] Christ Church, Kincardine O'Neil [34] 1866 -
Banchory[47] St Ternan, Banchory [35] 1851 L. Downs
Burravoe[48] St Colman, Burravoe [36] 1898 N. Brice
Lerwick[49] St Magnus, Lerwick 1861 (1864)
Kirkwall[50] St Olaf, Kirkwall [37] 1876 D. Dawson
Stromness[51] St Mary, Stromness [38] 1885 (1888) T. Miller

Former congregation

Benefice Church Link Founded (building) Seceded from SEC
Westhill Community Church[52] Westhill Community Church [39] 1972 (2014) 2019

Closed churches in the diocese area

Name Founded (building) Closed
St Peter, Torry[53]
St John the Baptist, Portsoy[54] 2016
Chapel of Christ the Encompasser, Fetlar[55] 2015
St Margaret, Braemar[56] 2001
St Paul, Aberdeen[57] 1867 1986

See also

References

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Coordinates: 57°08′59″N 2°05′46″W / 57.1497°N 2.0962°W / 57.1497; -2.0962