Roger Gordon

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Roger Gordon was a 16th-century Scottish cleric who briefly served as Bishop of Galloway.



He was Dean of Dunblane Cathedral from at least 13 April 1554, a position he may have retained for the remainder of his life. [1]

In 1572 he was minister of Whithorn. [2] He was elected to the bishopric of Galloway on the death of Alexander Gordon in 1575. [3] He got crown confirmation to the bishopric with mandate for consecration on 17 September 1578. [3]

However, John Gordon had been chosen as successor by Alexander in 1568, 7 years before the latter's death, and John Gordon seems to have prevented Roger from taking up the position of Bishop of Galloway in practice. [4] Roger was called "pretended bishop" on 27 June 1579. [3] Roger never seems to have taken possession of the see. [3]

In 1580 he became minister of Kirkmaiden.

Although Watt says he "died before 12 May 1587" [5] Scott says he returned to Whithorn in 1599. [6]


  1. Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 82.
  2. Fasti ecclesiastae Scoticana vol.2 by Hew Scott
  3. 1 2 3 4 Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 133.
  4. Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, pp. 132-3.
  5. Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, pp. 82, 133.
  6. Fasti ecclesiastae Scoticana vol.2 by Hew Scott

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Religious titles
Preceded by
William Gordon
Dean of Dunblane
1551 × 1554 1577 × 1587
Succeeded by
John Johun
Preceded by Bishop of Galloway
1578 1579 × 1587
Succeeded by
Dean of the Chapel Royal
1578 1579 × 1587