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Monday, January 12, 2015

January 1830-1841 A.D. James Walker--Bishop of Edinburgh (1830–1841) and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1837–1841)

January 1830-1841 A.D.  James Walker--Bishop of Edinburgh (1830–1841) and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1837–1841).

James Walker (bishop)

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Bishop Walker's grave, St Johns, Edinburgh

James Walker, M.A., D.D. (1770–1841) was an Anglican minister who served as the Bishop of Edinburgh (1830–1841) and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1837–1841).


Early life and family

He was born in Fraserburgh on 24 January 1770, son of Alexander Walker and Jane Ramsey.[1][2] He was educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen from 1785 to 1789, where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in 1789.[1][2] He continued his education at St John's College, Cambridge, where awarded a Bachelor of Arts in 1793, another Master of Arts in 1796, and a Doctor of Divinity in 1826.[1][2] He married Madeline Erskine on 20 February 1821.[1]

Ecclesiastical career

He was ordained in the Anglican ministry a deacon on 3 April 1793 and a priest on 5 May 1805.[1][2] During that period, he was tutor to Sir John Hope, 11th Baronet, of Craighall, from 1793 to 1805.[1][3] Dr Walker's first pastoral appointment was theIncumbent of St Peter's Church, Edinburgh (1807–29) and Old St Paul's Church, Edinburgh (1821–22).[1] He was also the Dean of Edinburgh (1810–18) and PantonianProfessor of Theology at the Edinburgh Theological College (1824–41).[1]

He was elected Bishop of Edinburgh on 10 February 1830 and consecrated at Stirlingon 7 March 1830 by the Most Reverend George Gleig, with bishops Jolly, Skinner and Low serving as co-consecrators.[1][4] Dr Walker also administered the sees of Fife, Galloway and Glasgow from 1830 to 1837.[5] Following the resignation of George Gleig in February 1837,[6] he was elected Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church on 24 May 1837.[1]

Dr Walker died in office at 22 Stafford Street, Edinburgh on 5 March 1841, aged 71, and was buried on a south-facing wall in the centre the of St John's Churchyard, Edinburgh.[1][7]


1.      ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f g h i j k Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, p. 473.

2.      ^ Jump up to:a b c d Gordon 1867, Scotichronicon, volume 2, p. 324.

3.      Jump up^ Gordon 1867, Scotichronicon, volume 2, p. 325.

4.      Jump up^ Gordon 1867, Scotichronicon, volume 2, p. 328.

5.      Jump up^ Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, pp. 585 and 627.

6.      Jump up^ Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, p. 270.

7.      Jump up^ Gordon 1867, Scotichronicon, volume 2, p. 330.



Preceded by
Daniel Sandford
Bishop of Edinburgh
Succeeded by
Charles Hughes Terrot
Preceded by
George Gleig
Succeeded by
William Skinner

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