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Alexander Forbes of Brechin: The First Tractarian Bishop

Rowan Strong


Alexander Forbes, Bishop of Brechin from 1847 to 1875, was the first member of the Oxford Movement to become a bishop. A leading example to many Tractarians and Anglo–Catholics in the Episcopal Church, and in the Church of England, he also became well known to various Roman Catholics in Europe for his work for Catholic reunion in the 1860s. As bishop, and also incumbent of the Scottish Episcopalian congregation in the newly industrialized Dundee, Forbes developed a Tractarian slum ministry unique among Anglican bishops in Britain. It was the influence of the Oxford Movement during the early 18 ... More

Keywords: Alexander Forbes, Bishop of Brechin, Oxford Movement, Tractarians, Anglo–Catholics, Episcopal Church, Church of England, Roman Catholics, Catholic reunion, Scottish Episcopalian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198263579
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rowan Strong, author
Murdoch University, Perth
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