Archibald (bishop of Moray)

Archibald (Bishop Of Moray)

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Archibald (bishop of Moray)

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Archibald (died 1298) was a 13th century Scottish prelate best known for involvement in a dispute with the Pope.

His Flemish name could indicate a connection with the de Douglas or de Moravia families either by kinship or geography, but there is no other direct evidence of this. His origins are not known, but he was almost certainly the Archibald who was Dean of Moray in the years before 1253.Dowden, Bishops, p. 150; Keith, Historical Catalogue, p. 139; Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, pp. 214, 219

In that year he was consecrated as the successor of Simon de Gunby and Radulf of Lincoln as Bishop of Moray.Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 214. Through what appears to have been a misunderstanding, Bishop Archibald confirmed the election of one Andrew de Dunn as Dean of Moray. However, the Pope had earlier or simultaneously appointed his own candidate, Nicholas de Hedon, based on an earlier reservation of the position. There was litigation at the Papal see, through which Hedon emerged victorious.Watt, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 219. Bishop Archibald, apparently concerned he had been placed in a state of excommunication, petitioned Pope Alexander IV and was absolved, December 22, 1255.Dowden, Bishops, p. 150.

Bishop Archibald, like all Scottish bishops, was summonded to the Second Council of Lyon. A provincial council at Perth in 1273, however, exempted...
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