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Arthur Maclean

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Arthur John MacLean (6 July 1858 – 24 February 1943) was an Anglican bishop in the later decades of the 19th century and first four of the 20th century.[1]

The Most Reverend

Arthur Maclean
Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Bishop Maclean.jpg
ChurchScottish Episcopal Church
DioceseMoray, Ross and Caithness
In office1904-1943
PredecessorJames Kelly
SuccessorPeter Wilson
Other postsPrimus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1935–1943)
Consecration21 December 1904
Personal details
Born(1858-07-06)6 July 1858
Died24 February 1943(1943-02-24) (aged 84)
BuriedTomnahurich Cemetery

Maclean was born into an ecclesiastical family. His father, the Rev Arthur J. Macleane (he later dropped the final "e" from the surname), began a career in the East India Company before returning to England, obtaining a degree Trinity College Cambridge, being ordained and securing appointment as inaugural Principal of Brighton College (1846–51). He held two subsequent headships and was editor of various Classical texts, especially Horace and Juvenal.[2]

Maclean was educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge.[3][4] He was ordained in 1882 and he was head of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Assyrian Mission from 1886 to 1891 and then Rector of Portree. In 1882 he became Dean of Argyll and The Isles[5] and after this was Rector of Selkirk before a spell as Principal of the Scottish Episcopal Theological College and then a nearly 40 years episcopacy as Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness. Late in his life he was additionally elected Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. An eminent author, he died on 24 February 1943.[6]


  • Grammar of Vernacular Syriac in English, 1895
  • A Dictionary of the Dialects of Vernacular Syriac, 1901
  • The Ancient Church Orders, 1910
  • The Didache, 1922


  1. ^ Arthur John Maclean, bishop of Moray, Primus, Snow, W. G. S.; Edinburgh,William Blackwood and Sons (1950).
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7; Martin D. W. Jones, "Brighton College 1845 - 1995" (Phillimore, 1995), pp. 27, 40 ISBN 0-85033-978-2
  3. ^ "Maclean, Arthur John (MLN876AJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. ^ The Times, 16 December 1880; pg. 10; Issue 30066; col G University Intelligence
  5. ^ ”Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000” Bertie, D.M: Edinburgh T & T Clark ISBN 0-567-08746-8
  6. ^ Obituary The Most Rev A.J. MacLean, The Times, 26 February 1943; pg. 7; Issue 49480; col E


  • J.F.Coakley. The Church of the East and the Church of England:a history of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Assyrian Mission, Oxford, 1992.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Reginald John Mapleton
Dean of Argyll and The Isles
1892 – 1897
Succeeded by
Charles Pressley Smith
Preceded by
James Butler Knill Kelly
Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness
1904 – 1943
Succeeded by
Piers Holt Wilson
Preceded by
Walter Robberds
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Succeeded by
Ernest Danson