Adam Bothwell, Bishop of Orkney

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Adam Bothwell

Birthdate: (66)
Death: 1593 (65)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Francis Bothwell, Kt. and Katherine Bellenden
Husband of Margaret Murray
Father of John Bothwell, 1st Lord Holyroodhouse; Francis Bothwell and Jean Bothwell
Brother of Janet Bothwell and Isobel Bothwell
Half brother of Margaret Bothwell; David Bothwell and William Bothwell, Parson of Ashkirk

Occupation: Bishop of Orkney
Managed by: Alisdair James Smyth
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About Adam Bothwell, Bishop of Orkney

Biographical Summary

Second son of Francis Bothwell, also a Judge, by Janet, daughter of Patrick Richardson of Meldrumsheugh, was preferred to the Bishopric of Orkney some time after the death of Bishop Reid; having been admitted to the temporality of the See on the 14th October 1559. He was one of the four Bishops who took part with the Reformation, but seems from his station to have been an object of suspicion to the Presbyterian party. He was nominated an Extraordinary Lord on the 14th January 1564, in place of Sir James Balfour promoted; and on the 13th November 1565, was admitted an Ordinary Lord, in place of the Provost of Dunglas, deceased.

SOURCE: An Historical Account of the Senators of the College of Justice: From Its Institution in MDXXXII; by George Brunton, David Haig; 1832; Page 119

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"Adam Bothwell (1527? – 1593) was the Bishop of Orkney...

...Bothwell was the eldest son of Francis Bothwell, Lord of Session, by his second wife Katherine Bellenden, daughter of Sir Thomas Bellenden. He was born about 1527; his epitaph states that he died ‘anno ætatis suæ (at the age of ) 67...

...He married Margaret, daughter of John Murray of Touchadam, by whom he had: John, Lord of Session, commendator of Holyrood, advanced to the Peerage of Scotland, 20 December 1607, as Baron Holyroodhouse."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Adam Bothwell', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 9 April 2012, 21:15 UTC, <> [accessed 18 August 2012]

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