Robert Forman

Robert Forman (died 1530) was a late medieval Scottish churchman. He was the son of one Janet Blackadder and her husband, a Berwickshire landowner named Nicholas Forman of Hatton.[1] Sometime before 11 February 1500, he was made Precentor of Glasgow.[2] He was Dean of Glasgow from 1505, a position he would hold until his death.[3] Between 1506 and 1511 he was also in possession of the Chancellorship of the diocese of Moray.[4]

After the death of William Elphinstone (d. 24 October 1514), the bishopric of Aberdeen became vacant. At Rome Pope Leo X provided Forman to the vacant see. However, the canons of Aberdeen prepared to elect a successor. According to John Spottiswoode, Alexander Gordon, 3rd Earl of Huntly, pressured the canons to elect his own cousin, also Alexander Gordon, a man who was at that time the Precentor of Moray.[5] Forman was persuaded by his brother Andrew Forman, Archbishop of St Andrews, to yield his claim to Gordon upon the promise of the next vacancy.[6]

He never, however, obtained any other bishopric. He died as Dean of Glasgow on 19 November 1530.


  1. McGladdery, "Forman, Andrew (c.1465–1521)".
  2. Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 159.
  3. Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 155.
  4. Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 227.
  5. Dowden, Bishops of Scotland, p. 135, quoting John Spottiswoode (i.209).
  6. Dowden, Bishops of Scotland, pp. 135-6; Innes, Registrum, pp. li-ii.


  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
  • Innes, Cosmo, Registrum Episcopatus Aberdonensis: Ecclesie Cathedralis Aberdonensis Regesta Que Extant in Unum Collecta, Vol. 1, (Edinburgh, 1845)
  • Keith, Robert, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops: Down to the Year 1688, (London, 1924)
  • McGladdery, C. A., "Forman, Andrew (c.1465–1521)", in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 , accessed 1 May 2007
  • Watt, D.E.R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969)
Religious titles
Preceded by
Richaed Muirhead
Dean of Glasgow
x 15051530
Succeeded by
William Stewart
Preceded by
William Elphinstone
Bishop of Aberdeen
x 15151515 x 1516
Succeeded by
Alexander Gordon
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