The Bishop of Argyll and The Isles
is the ordinary
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of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, in the Province of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh....
in the Province of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland
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The Scottish hierarchy was restored
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by Pope Leo XIII
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on 15 March 1878 and the ancient bishoprics of Argyll
The Bishop of Argyll or Bishop of Lismore was the ecclesiastical head of the Diocese of Argyll, one of Scotland's 13 medieval bishoprics. It was created in 1200, when the western half of the territory of the Bishopric of Dunkeld was formed into the new diocese. The bishops were based at Lismore...
and The Isles
The Bishop of the Isles or Bishop of Sodor was the ecclesiastical head of the Diocese of Sodor, one of Scotland's thirteen medieval bishoprics. The bishopric, encompasing both the Hebrides and Mann, probably traces its origins as an ecclesiastical unity to the careers of Olaf, King of the Isles,...
were re-established and united under one bishop.
The Episcopal see
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is in the town of Oban
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where the bishop's seat
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is located at the Cathedral Church of St. Columba
The Cathedral Church of St Columba in Oban is the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Argyll and the Isles and mother church of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles...
The current incumbent is The Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Toal, who was appointed
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by the Holy See
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as the tenth Bishop of Argyll and the Isles on 16 October 2008 and ordained bishop
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on 8 December 2008.
List of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Argyll and The Isles
|Roman Catholic Bishops of Argyll and The Isles
Angus MacDonald was a Roman Catholic bishop who served as the third Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in Scotland from 1892 to 1900.-Early life:...
||Appointed 22 March 1878 and ordained bishop 23 May 1878; translated to Saint Andrews and Edinburgh 15 July 1892
||George John Smith
George John Smith was a Scottish Roman Catholic clergyman who served as the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles from 1892 to 1918.Born in Cuttlebrae, Banffshire, Scotland on 24 January 1840, he was ordained to the priesthood on 17 December 1864...
||Appointed 31 December 1892 and ordained bishop 25 April 1893; died in office 18 January 1918
Donald Martin was a Scottish Roman Catholic clergyman who served as the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles from 1919 to 1938.Born in Salen on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, Scotland on 6 October 1873, he was ordained to the priesthood on 23 September 1905...
||Appointed 2 April 1919 and ordained bishop 11 June 1919; died in office 6 December 1938
||Donald Alphonsus Campbell
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||Appointed 5 October 1939 and ordained bishop 14 December 1939; translated to Glasgow
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6 January 1945
Kenneth Grant was a Scottish Roman Catholic clergyman who served as the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles from 1945 to 1959.Born in Fort William, Scotland on 18 March 1900, he was ordained to the priesthood of Glasgow on 24 April 1927...
||Appointed 15 December 1945 and ordained bishop 27 February 1946; died in office 7 September 1959
The Right Reverend Stephen McGill PSS was the sixth Bishop of Argyll and the Isles and second Bishop of Paisley.-Early life:...
||Appointed 4 April 1960 and ordained bishop 22 June 1960; translated to Paisley
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25 July 1968
||Colin Aloysius MacPherson
Colin Aloysius MacPherson was a Scottish Roman Catholic clergyman who served as the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles from 1968 to 1990....
||Appointed 2 December 1968 and ordained bishop 6 February 1969; died in office 24 March 1990
Roderick Wright was a former Scottish Roman Catholic bishop who served as the Bishop of Argyll and the Isles from 1990 to 1996.-Early life:...
||Appointed 11 December 1990 and ordained bishop 15 January 1991; resigned 19 September 1996; died 23 May 2005
Ian Murray is the Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles, Scotland.-Early life:Murray is the eldest of the four children of John and Margaret Murray. He was educated at St. Machan's Primary School and St. Ninian's High School in Kirkintilloch and the National Junior Seminary of St...
||Appointed 3 November 1999 and ordained bishop 7 December 1999; retired 16 October 2008
||Joseph Anthony Toal
||Formerly Rector of the Royal Scots College
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; appointed 16 October 2008 and ordained bishop 8 December 2008