Diocese of Brechin Announce New Bishop


The Very Rev Andrew Swift has been elected as the new Bishop of Brechin.

The Very Rev Andrew Swift DL (Bishop Elect for the Diocese of Brechin) has been Dean of Argyll and The Isles since 2012, Rector of Dunoon and Rothesay in that diocese since 2010 and a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church General Synod from 2011. 

He has been a Depute Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute since 2016. He previously served in the Diocese of Gloucester, following a career as a shipbuilding executive, Civil Service research engineer and a junior officer in the RAF.  He was born 1968 in Aberdeen and grew up in Dunblane. He studied at the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Oxford. 

The Very Rev Andrew Swift is married to Mary, a native of Stranraer, and they have three children - Frances (16), Peter (19) and Eleanor (21). For leisure, the family enjoy narrow-boating on the Scottish canals with their Collie, Molly.

On hearing the news of his election the Very Rev Andrew Swift said “It is a wonderful and humbling honour to be elected as the next Bishop of Brechin.  I would like to thank the electoral synod for their trust in me, and look forward very much to working with all the Scottish Episcopal Churches of Brechin to help them build up their confidence, witness and mission in Dundee, Angus, the Mearns and Carse of Gowrie.  I am also praying for my fellow candidates in the election - thanks and blessings for them all.”

The services of consecration will take place – dates yet to be confirmed - in St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee (for the Bishop of Brechin)

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