Matthew biography


Male, Deceased Person

– 1199


Who was Matthew?

Matthew was a 12th-century churchman residing in Scotland. He is the first man known to have held the position of Archdeacon of St Andrews, his first known ecclesiastical post. He occurs in this office in a document which can be dated to some point between August 1147 and June 1152. In 1172, after the death of Bishop Edward, Archdeacon Matthew was elected to be the latter's successor as Bishop of Aberdeen. He was consecrated on April 2, 1172.

Matthew was the principal prelate in charge of the consecration of John the Scot at Holyrood Abbey on June 15, 1180. Matthew maintained his links with Fife, appearing in numerous charters relating to that province. He had a brother named Odo who was the dapifer of Ernald, Bishop of St Andrews. His family may have been the one that eventually took the locative surname "de Kininmund". He died on August 20, 1199, and was succeeded by John, the prior of Kelso Abbey.


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