Simon of Dunblane

Simon Of Dunblane

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Simon (d. 1194 × 1198) is the third known 12th century Bishop of Dunblane. Nothing is known of Simon's background; there are numerous Simons in Scotland in this period, both native and foreign. There is a Symon de Liberatione who witnessed a charter of King William the Lion and whom Watt and Murray suggested may have been the later Bishop of Dunblane,Barrow (ed.), Acts of William I, p. 228; Watt & Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 99. while there was in the same decade a local landholder and ecclesiastical patron in the diocese of Dunblane called Simón son of Mac Bethad.Fraser (ed.), Registrum monasterii S. Marie, pp. 313-4.

Simon's name occurs as Bishop of Dunblane alongside Simon de Tosny, Bishop of Moray, and Hugh, Bishop of St Andrews, in a charter dated to 1178, though Watt and Murray believed at this stage he was only bishop-elect.Bruce (ed.), Liber Cartarum Prioratus, p. 147; Dowden, Bishops, p. 194; Watt & Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 99. This is because two unnamed Scottish bishops were consecrated at the Third Lateran Council in March 1179, and candidates for these bishops are otherwise short in supply.Watt & Murray, Fasti Ecclesiae, p. 99.

He witnessed a charter of King William to Arbroath Abbey datable between 1178 and September 1184.Barrow (ed.), Acts of William I, p. 253. He witnessed a charter of Melrose Abbey datable to between 1180 and...
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