Alexander Hepburn

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Alexander Hepburn (died 1578) was a 16th-century Scottish cleric. He was elected as bishop of Ross on 14 May 1574, following the Church of Scotland's attempted forfeiture of the catholic bishop John Lesley.[1]

Hepburn obtained a royal confirmation with mandate for consecration on 20 March 1575, being admitted to the temporalities of the bishopric on 3 November; in the same year, on 22 April, the exiled Lesley had his provision renewed by the papacy.[1] Hepburn died some time between 17 September and 31 October 1578.[2]

No new bishop of Ross was appointed until 1600, though Lesley was temporarily recognised by the secessionist Scottish church in the period between 13 March 1587, and 29 May 1589, while the famous Lesley had retained international recognition for his episcopate all the way from his accession in 1566 until his translation bishopric of Coutances in 1592.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 270.
  2. Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, pp. 270-1.


  • Watt, D. E. R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scotinanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969)
Religious titles
Preceded by
John Lesley
Bishop of Ross
Opposed by:
John Lesley
Succeeded by
John Lesley