Idris Jones

This article is about the bishop. For the chemist and Wales international rugby union player, see Idris Jones (chemist).
The Right Reverend
Idris Jones
Bishop Emeritus of Glasgow and Galloway

St Mary's Cathedral in 2006
Personal details
Born 1943
Previous post Stafford Parish Church (curate);
St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee (precentor);
St Hugh's, Gosforth (team vicar);
Montrose (rector);
Invergowrie (rector);
Ayr, Maybole and Girvan (team rector)
Alma mater St David's University College, Lampeter
University of Edinburgh

Idris Jones (born 1943) is a retired Anglican bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church. He was the Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway from 1998 to 2009. In addition, he served as Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 2006 to 2009.

Early life

Jones was born in 1943. He graduated from St David's University College, Lampeter, in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. He then studied for his Licentiate in Theology (LTh) at the University of Edinburgh.

Ordained ministry

Jones was ordained deacon in 1967 and priest in 1968. He was a curate at Stafford Parish Church until 1970. From 1970 to 1973 he was precentor of St Paul's Cathedral in Dundee. Following this, he became team vicar of St Hugh's in Gosforth for seven years. In 1980 he became rector of Montrose. He was awarded his doctorate by the New York Theological Seminary in 1984. In 1989 he became Anglican chaplain to the University of Dundee and Rector of Invergowrie. From 1992 to 1998 he was team rector of Ayr, Maybole and Girvan until his election as Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway.[1]

Jones was elected as Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church by his fellow bishops on 18 May 2006, succeeding the retiring Bruce Cameron. Following a tied election result, his name was chosen as sole candidate by the drawing of lots, when he was unanimously elected as primus.[2] He relinquished his primacy at midnight on 12 June 2009.

Jones retired on 31 July 2009.


  1. "The Most Revd Idris Jones". Anglican Communion Office. Archived from the original on 2007-05-06. Retrieved 2007-03-05.
  2. "New Primus for the Scottish Episcopal Church". Scottish Episcopal Church. 2006-05-18.
Scottish Episcopal Church titles
Preceded by
John Taylor
Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway
1998 to 2009
Succeeded by
Gregor Duthie Duncan
Preceded by
Bruce Cameron
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
2006 to 2009
Succeeded by
David Chillingworth
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