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Monday, January 12, 2015

January 1727-1737 A.D. Andrew Lumsden, M.A. (1654–1733)--Scottish Bishop of Edinburgh (1727–1733); Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1727–1731)

January 1727-1737 A.D.  Andrew Lumsden, M.A. (1654–1733)--Scottish Bishop of Edinburgh (1727–1733);  Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1727–1731)


Andrew Lumsden (bishop)

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Andrew Lumsden, M.A. (1654–1733) was a Scottish clergyman who served as the Bishop of Edinburgh (1727–1733) and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1727–1731).


Early life and family

He was baptised on 8 October 1654, son of the Reverend Charles Lumsden, Incumbent of Duddingston, and Beatrix Melvill.[1]He was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where awarded a Master of Arts degree in 1671.[2] He married Katherine Craig on 26 October 1682, and they had eight children: Elizabeth, Beatrix, John, Charles, William, Margaret, Andrew, and Isabelle.[3]

Ecclesiastical career

He was licensed to preach in the Church of Scotland by Alexander Young, Bishop of Edinburgh on 4 August 1675.[2]Lumsden's first pastoral appointments were as assistant minister (1675–1686) and Incumbent (1686–1691) of Duddingston.[2][4] In January 1691, he was deprived of the post by the Commissioners of the General Assembly for declining their authority.[2] Lumsden became a clergyman in the Scottish Episcopal Church and was the Incumbent of the Barrenger's Close meeting-house, Edinburgh, a post which he held until his death.[2]

Following the death of Arthur Millar in October 1727,[5] Lumsden was elected the Bishop of the Diocese of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church.[6] He was consecrated on 2 November 1727 by bishops Rattray, Cant and Keith.[2][4]The office of Primus was taken from him in December 1731, but retained the see of Edinburgh.[2]

Bishop Lumsden died in office on 20 June 1733, aged 78.[2][4]


1.      Jump up^ Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, p. 82.

2.      ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f g h Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, pp. 82–83.

3.      Jump up^ Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, p. 83.

4.      ^ Jump up to:a b c Keith 1824, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops, p. 527.

5.      Jump up^ Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, p. 98.

6.      Jump up^ Keith 1824, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops, pp. 526–527.



Preceded by
Arthur Millar
Bishop of Edinburgh
Succeeded by
David Freebairn
Preceded by
Arthur Millar
Succeeded by
David Freebairn

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