Robert White (bishop)

Robert White (died 1761) was a Scottish minister who served as the Bishop of Dunblane (1735–43), Bishop of Fife (1743–61) and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1757–61).

The Most Reverend

Robert White
Bishop of Fife
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
ChurchScottish Episcopal Church
DioceseFife
Elected1743
In office1743-1761
PredecessorRobert Keith
SuccessorHenry Edgar
Other postsPrimus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1757-1761)
Orders
Consecration24 June 1735
by Thomas Rattray
Personal details
Died16 August 1761
NationalityScottish
DenominationAnglican
Styles of
Robert White
Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Grace

He was the son of Charles White, a Dundee merchant, and Susanna Douglas, daughter of the Right Reverend Robert Douglas, Bishop of Dunblane.[1] After his education at the University of Oxford, he was ordained sometime between 1709 and 1716.[1] His first pastoral appointment was as the Incumbent of Essie, Glamis (c. 1716–32).[1] His next two appointments were as Curate (1732–33) and then Incumbent (1733–61) of Cupar.[1][2]

In 1735, he was chosen to be the Bishop of Dunblane, but David Freebairn, Primus of the Church, refused to confirm the election.[1][2] Despite this, he was consecrated at Carsebank, Forfar on 24 June 1735 by bishops Thomas Rattray, William Dunbar and Robert Keith.[1][2] He was translated to the bishopric of Fife on 26 October 1743.[1][3] He was also elected Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church in 1757.[1][4]

He died in office on 16 August 1761.[1][4]

References

  1. Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, p. 147.
  2. Keith 1824, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops, p. 547.
  3. Keith 1824, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops, pp. 547–548.
  4. Keith 1824, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops, p. 548.

Bibliography

  • Bertie, David M. (2000). Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689–2000. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. ISBN 0567087468.
  • Keith, Robert (1824). Russel, Michael (ed.). An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops: Down To The Year 1688. Edinburgh: Printed for Bell and Bradfute.
Scottish Episcopal Church titles
Preceded by
John Gillan
Bishop of Dunblane
1735–1743
Succeeded by
John Alexander (administrator)
Preceded by
Robert Keith
Bishop of Fife
1743–1761
Succeeded by
Henry Edgar
Preceded by
Robert Keith
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
1757–1761
Succeeded by
William Falconer
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