Bishops' Conference of Scotland

The Bishops' Conference of Scotland (BCOS), under the trust of the Catholic National Endowment Trust, and based in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, is an episcopal conference for archbishops and bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland. The conference is primarily made up of the presiding bishops of Scotland's eight dioceses as well as bishops who have retired.

Bishops' Conference of Scotland
(Catholic National Endowment Trust)
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TypeReligious body
Legal statusUnder charitable trust
(SC016650) [1]
Purpose"To enable the Roman Catholic Bishops in Scotland to work together, undertaking nationwide initiatives through their Commissions and Agencies."[1]
HeadquartersAirdrie, North Lanarkshire
Incumbent and retired archbishops and bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland
Bishop Hugh Gilbert
Main organ
The Episcopal Conference
AffiliationsCouncil of European Bishops' Conferences, Commission of Bishops' Conferences of the European Union, Catholic Bishops' Bioethics Committee, Action of Churches Together in Scotland, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

As of 2018, the president of the conference is Bishop Hugh Gilbert of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Aberdeen.


The BCOS is organised into several agencies. These are: The Commission for Doctrine and Unity, The Communications and Press and Media Relations Office, The Commission for Catholic Education and Scottish Catholic Education Service, The Justice and Peace Commission, operating using the name Justice and Peace Scotland, The Heritage Commission as well as some other offices.[2]

The Conference is also a member of several international organisations including the Council of European Bishops' Conferences and the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community.[3]

Before 1980, the organisation first registered with Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and stated that its objective was to "promote, establish, develop, expand, contribute to, support and maintain facilities, projects, schemes and institutions of all kinds having a religious, educational or charitable purpose for the benefit of the community throughout Scotland; and in addition for the benefit of students for the priesthood at home and abroad including the maintenance of the following colleges, all now closed; (a) St. Mary's College, Blairs, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire; (b) St. Peter's College, Cardross, Dumbarton; (c) St. Andrew's College, Drygrange, Melrose, Roxburghshire."[4]

Ecumenical relationsEdit

The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland is a full member of Action of Churches Together in Scotland. The BCOS sends a representative to the Ecumenical Relations Committee of the Church of Scotland and is always invited to send a delegate to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Member bishopsEdit

Map of dioceses in Scotland

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ retrieved 15 June 2016
  2. ^ Bishops' Conference of Scotland[permanent dead link] from, retrieved 15 June 2016
  3. ^ Our Member Bishops from COMECE, retrieved 15 June 2016
  4. ^ Catholic National Endowment Trust, SC016650 from OSCR, retrieved 15 June 2016

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