Westar Institute

Institutional Affiliation
Charter Member

Richard Holloway

Institutional Affiliation

Bishop of Edinburgh & Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Retired


• B.D. (London, 1963) • S.T.M. (Union Theological Seminary New York, 1968) • D.Univ. (h.c. University of Strathclyde, 1994) • D.D. (h.c. University of Aberdeen, 1995) • D.Litt. (h.c. Napier University, 2000) • D.D. (h.c. Glasgow University, 2001) • Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh., 1995


Richard Holloway became Bishop of Edinburgh in 1986 and the Primus of the Scottish Episcopalian Church in 1992. He retired in 2000. Holloway has served on the Commission for Human Fertility and Embryology and the Broadcasting Commission. He is a reviewer and writer for the Guardian, Scotsman and Herald newspapers, Times, Independent, a frequent broadcaster on radio and television, and a presenter of several BBC series, most recently, ‘Holloway’s Road’ on BBC 2 Scotland and ‘In Confidence’ STV. He met his wife, Jean, while doing postgraduate study in New York. He has two daughters – one a teacher, one in publishing – and a son who is a carpenter.

Academic Appointments

• Member Broadcasting Standards Commission, 2001–• Professor of Divinity, Gresham College, London, 1997–2001• Retired as Bishop and Primus, 2001• Elected Primus, Scottish Episcopal Church, 1992• Bishop of Edinburgh, 1986• William Belden Noble lecturer, Harvard University, 1985• Vicar, St Mary Magdalen’s, Oxford, 1984–1986• Rector, The Church of the Advent, Boston, Massachusetts, 1980–1984• Rector, Old St Paul’s, Edinburgh, 1968–80• Lecturer (Ethics), Edinburgh Theological College, 1968–72• Priest-in-Charge, St Margaret’s and St Mungo’s, Gorbals, 1963–68• Curate, St Ninian’s, Glasgow, 1959–1963

Professional Service