Gilbert de Greenlaw

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Gilbert de Greenlaw
Bishop of Aberdeen
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Church Roman Catholic Church
See Diocese of Aberdeen
In office 13901421
Predecessor Adam de Tyningham
Successor Henry de Lichton
Consecration 1390
Personal details
Born 1354
North-east Scotland.
Died 1421
Probably Aberdeen
Previous post Bishop-elect of St Andrews

Gilbert de Greenlaw (1354–1421) was a medieval Bishop of Aberdeen and Bishop-elect of St. Andrews. He was a Licentiate in the Arts, and had been a canon of Bishopric of Moray by the late 1370s, before being provided by Avignon Pope Clement VII the church of Liston in the Bishopric of St. Andrews in 1379. By the later 1380s, he was in the diocese of Aberdeen. In 1389, he was elected to hold the bishopric of Aberdeen, a position to which he was consecrated in 1390. Gilbert subsequently went on to hold the position of Chancellor of Scotland for many years, albeit in an interrupted manner. Gilbert was subsequently postulated to the more prestigious bishopric of St. Andrews after the death of Walter de Danyelston, its previous Bishop-elect. However, Avignon Pope Benedict XIII quashed the postulation, and chose Henry Wardlaw in his stead. Gilbert, then, remained Bishop of Aberdeen, and died in 1421.

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Adam de Tynyngham
Bishop of Aberdeen
Succeeded by
Henry de Lychtone
Preceded by
Walter de Danyelston
Bishop of St. Andrews
post. 14021403
(overturned by Pope)
Succeeded by
Henry Wardlaw