Robert Reid (died 1558) was abbot of Kinloss, commendator-prior of Beauly, and bishop of Orkney. He was one of the greatest of the bishops of St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, Scotland, and his legacy was the founding of the University of Edinburgh. Robert Reid was Sub-Dean at Elgin Cathedral before becoming the abbot of the Cistercian monastery of Kinloss Abbey at Kinloss, Moray; he also held the priory of Beauly in commendam.
The Bishop of Orkney was the ecclesiastical head of the Diocese of Orkney, one of thirteen medieval bishoprics within the territory of modern Scotland. It included both Orkney and Shetland. It was based for almost all of its history at St. Magnus' Cathedral, Kirkwall. The bishopric appears to have been suffragan of the Archbishop of York (with intermittent control exercised by the Archbishop of Hamburg-Bremen) until the creation of the Archbishopric of Trondheim in 1152.
Robert Sinclair († 1398) was a late 14th century bishop of Orkney and bishop of Dunkeld. Before becoming a bishop, he was Dean of Moray and had obtained a Bachelor's degree in Law. By 28 November 1383 he is being spoken of in the documents of Avignon Pope Clement VII as bishop-elect of Orkney, and was probably fully appointed by 27 January 1384. On 1 February 1391 he was translated to the more prestigious bishopric of Dunkeld.
Dr. Andrew Bruce (d. 1700) was a 17th century Scottish churchman. He was made Bishop of Dunkeld in 1679, but was deprived of the bishopric in 1686 for disapproving of certain newly enacted laws. Two years later, in 1688, he was made Bishop of Orkney, but only held this position for a few months, as the Glorious Revolution brought an end to the Restoration Episcopate of the Scottish church. Bruce died in March, 1700.
Murdoch MacKenzie was a 17th century Scottish minister and prelate. Born around 1600, his family was an offshoot of the kin of the earls of Seaforth. After being ordained by John Maxwell, Bishop of Ross, he served as a chaplain in a regiment of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden during the Thirty Years' War. He returned from Germany to become parson of the parish of Contin in Ross, moving to take charge of the church of Inverness, and then taking over as minister of Elgin.
Henry was an 11th century bishop and Christian missionary. He was probably the keeper of the treasury of King Canute the Great in England. Sometime before the year 1035, according to Adam of Bremen, Henry went to Orkney as bishop. As Bishop of Orkney, he was probably more of a missionary bishop, and may have been under the metropolitan authority of the Archbishop of York. He is possibly the Henry who went to Iceland for two undatable years.
Radulf Novell was a 12th century Anglo-Norman prelate. He was a native of York, and according to writings produced by the Archbishopric of York, was elected as Bishop of Orkney at St Peter's church in York by some representatives of the community of Orkney. It is probable that Radulf had the support of the faction supporting Earl Magnus Erlendsson. Thus when Earl Magnus was murdered in 1115 Radulf's position in Orkney, whatever that was, would have come under serious pressure.
William the Old [William Senex] was a 12th century prelate who became one of the most famous bishops of Orkney. Although his origins are obscure in detail, William was said to have been a "clerk of Paris". Saga tradition had it that William had been bishop for 66 years when he died in 1168, meaning that his accession to the bishopric would have been around 1102.
Thomas Sydserf [Sydserff] (1581 – 1663) was a 17th century Scottish prelate. The eldest son of an Edinburgh merchant, Sydserf graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1602 before travelling to continental Europe to study at the University of Heidelberg. After returning to Scotland, he entered the ministry, beginning at St Giles' parish, Edinburgh in 1611.
Thomas de Tulloch was a 15th century Scottish prelate. Probably a native of Angus, of the Tullochs of Bonington near Forfar, he was presbyter of the diocese of Brechin until on 19 August 1418, he was provided as Bishop of Orkney by Pope Martin V. On 17 June 1420, he tendered his oath of fealty to Eric, King of Norway, in the church of Vestenkov in Laland, and was given a commission by the king to administer Orkney on behalf of the Norwegian crown.
William de Tulloch (died 1482) was a 15th century Scottish prelate. A nativie of Angus, he became a canon of Orkney, almost certainly brought there by his cousin Thomas de Tulloch, Bishop of Orkney. He was provided to the bishopric upon the resignation of his cousin by Pope Pius II at the Apostolic see on December 11, 1461. He had been consecrated by July 21, 1462, when he rendered an oath of fealty at Copenhagen to Christian I, King of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
James Law (died 1632) was Archbishop of Glasgow. Entering the church after graduation from university, he rose to the position of Bishop of Orkney, reorganising the diocese, before rising to hold the position of Archbishop of Glasgow.
William Stephen, sometimes William Stephani [probably Stephenson], was a medieval prelate based in Scotland, who became Bishop of Orkney and then Bishop of Dunblane. A reader in divinity at the University of St Andrews at its first establishment, he was provided by Avignon Pope Benedict XIII as Bishop of Orkney November 15, 1415. He was a canon of Moray at this date. The consecration took place at the Papal court.
Alexander Vaus [Vause, de Vaus] (d. after 1450) was a late 14th century and 15th century Scottish prelate. Said to have been the younger son of one Patrick Vaus (died 1392), he apparently held "church livings" in Galloway as early as 1421.
George Graeme (died 1643), Bishop of Dunblane and Bishop of Orkney, was a late sixteenth- and early seventeenth century Church of Scotland prelate. He was the younger son of George Graeme of Inchbrakie and Marion/Mary Rollo, daughter of Rollo of Duncrub. He was minister of Scone, and then in February 1603, he received crown provision to the bishopric of Dunblane, vacant by the resignation of Andrew Graham.