Person NameKeith; Bishop Robert (1681-1757); historian, Bishop of Caithness
ForenamesBishop Robert
Epithethistorian, Bishop of Caithness
ActivityRobert Keith was born in Kincardineshire in 1681. He was educated in Marischal College, Aberdeen and from 1703 to 1710 acted as tutor to George Keith, later Earl Marischal, and his brother. Robert Keith’s own family claimed descent from a younger son of William, Earl Marischal. The bulk of his life was spent as a minister in the Episcopal church as Bishop of Caithness, Orkney and the Isles (1727 –-1757) and Bishop of Fife (1733 - 1743), although he lived in Edinburgh for most of his life. He was appointed Primus in 1743, a position he held until his death in 1757. His publications include The History of the Affairs of the Church and State of Scotland from the Beginning of the Reformation in the Reign of James V to the retreat of Queen Mary into England Anno 1568 (1734) and Catalogue of the Bishops of Scotland down to the year 1688; together with other things necessary to the better knowledge of the ecclesiastical state of the Kingdom in former times: also an Account of the First Planting of Christianity in Scotland and the State of the Church in Earlier Ages (1755). He also had a great interest in Archaeology and ancient coins and this item relates to his interest.
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