Patrick Lindsay (bishop)

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Patrick Lindsay
Archbishop of Glasgow
See Archdiocese of Glasgow
Installed 1633
Term ended 1638
Predecessor James Law
Successor Andrew Fairfoul
Consecration 1 December 1613
Personal details
Born 1566
Unknown (possibly Monikie, Angus)
Died 1644
York, England
Denomination Church of Scotland
Parents John Lindsay and Unknown

Patrick Lindsay (1566–1644), bishop of Ross, archbishop of Glasgow, son of John Lindsay, and a cadet of the house of Lindsays of Edzell, Angus, was born in 1566, and studied at St Leonard's College, St Andrews, where he was laureated in 1587.

Early career

In the following year he received the living of Guthrie in the presbytery of Arbroath (Angus synod). Thence he removed to St Vigeans between 1591 and 1593. He was a member of the general assemblies of 1590, 1602, 1608, 1609, 1610, 1616, and 1618. In 1608 he was among those nominated for the moderatorship. In 1610 he was appointed one of the examiners of the Marquess of Huntly, to test the sincerity of his pretended conversion.[1]

He strongly supported the episcopalian schemes of James VI, and was rewarded for his compliance by being appointed one of the new court of high commission for Scotland in 1610, and was continued in it on its reconstruction in 1615 and 1634.[2]

Bishop of Ross

In 1613 he was promoted to the bishopric of Ross, being consecrated on 1 December 1613, was granted the infeftment of the barony of Doway Petterlie on 19 December 1615, and in the same year was sworn a member of the privy council of Scotland (31 March 1615). Along with the other Scottish bishops, he sought to press on the assembly the royal articles of 1617, and signed the proclamation of the privy council against the book called The Perth Assembly, 15 July 1619. He was one of the two bishops appointed to go to court about church affairs in July 1627.

Archbishop of Glasgow

In 1633 he was installed archbishop of Glasgow. He signed the acts of the privy council authorising the New Service Book in October 1636 and June 1637, and according to Baillie was very diligent in charging all his presbyters "to try and use the New Service Book".[3] He was accordingly included in the indictment of the bishops by the general assembly in 1638, the charge being first preferred against him in his own presbytery at Glasgow, and referred by them to the general assembly.

The latter body deposed him, and ordered him to be excommunicated, 11 December 1638. He granted the opportunity to escape excommunication is he submitted unconditionally by 13 December, and when he failed to do so, the sentence was carried out. Owing to chronic illness, he was not able for some time to follow his fellow-bishops in flight to England, but in December 1640 he was in London "in great poverty and misery".[4] He died at York, probably about the middle of 1644, and was buried at the expense of the governor of York.[5]


  1. Cf. Bannatyne Club Original Letters, p. 212.
  2. BAILLIE, Letters, i. p. 424.
  3. BAILLIE, Letters, i. p. 20.
  4. BAILLIE, Letters, i. p.188.
  5. BAILLIE, Letters, ii. p. 213.


  • Keith, Robert, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops: Down to the Year 1688, (London, 1824)
  • Shaw, W. A., "Lindsay, Patrick (1566–1644), archbishop of Glasgow", Dictionary of National Biography, (Oxford, 1892)
  • Stevenson, David, "Lindsay, Patrick (1566–1644)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 10 May 2007
  • Watt, D.E.R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scotinanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969)

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Religious titles
Preceded by
David Lindsay
Bishop of Ross
Succeeded by
John Maxwell
Preceded by
James Law
Archbishop of Glasgow
Succeeded by
Next succeeded by
Andrew Fairfoul