Walter de Bidun

Walter de Bidun († 1178) was a clerk of King William of Scotland, Chancellor of Scotland and Bishop-elect of Dunkeld. Walter was a witness to a charter that granted the mainland properties of Iona Abbey, then under the rule of the Lord of the Isles, to the Monks of Holyrood Abbey.[1] He was elected to the bishopric of Dunkeld in 1178 after the death of the previous bishop, Richard. However, Walter did not live long enough to receive consecration, and in fact he too met his death in the year 1178.

Walter was the son of Halenald de Bidun, a landowner and minor lord in England.[2]



  1. ^ Cowan volI, p79
  2. ^ Keats-Rohan, p326


  • Cowan, Samuel, The Lord Chancellors of Scotland Edinburgh 1911. [1]
  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912)
  • Keats-Rohan, K. S. B. (1999). Domesday Descendants: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents, 1066–1166: Pipe Rolls to Cartae Baronum. Ipswich, UK: Boydell Press. ISBN 0-85115-863-3.

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Dunkeld
Elect 1178
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
Chancellor of Scotland
Succeeded by
Roger de Beaumont