Letters of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Eden (1804-1886), Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness

Scope and Content

The letters are concerned with: a request for certificate of the baptism of William Alexander Eden which took place in 1843; and, an acknowledgement, 1880.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Eden was born on 2 September 1804. He was educated at Westminster School and studied at Christ Church, Oxford. He was ordained as a deacon and priest by the Bishop of Gloucester in 1828 and then he served in Weston-sub-Edge in Gloucestershire and at Messing and Peldon in Essex. He became Rector of Leigh, Essex, in 1837. It was while he was in Leigh that he accepted the offer of the Scottish Episcopalian Bishopric of Moray and Ross on the death of Bishop Low, and he was consecrated at St. Paul's, Edinburgh, on 9 March 1851. During his tenure he founded the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Inverness. In 1862 he was elected primus of the Scottish Episcopalian Church in succession to Bishop Terrot. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Eden, Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, died at his residence in Inverness on 26 August 1886.

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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Stephen, Leslie. and Lee, Sidney (eds.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol.6. Drant-Finan. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1908.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The local Indexes show another reference to Eden related material (check the Indexes for more details): letter of the Bishop dated 18 May 1869, at Gen. 863/8/87. In addition, the UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes several locations of Eden related material.