Andrew Durie

Abbot of Melrose, Bishop of Galloway

By Dr Bruce Durie

Andrew Dury or Durie (d. 1 Sept 1558) was the younger brother of George Durie. Educated in St Andrews and becoming a Cistercian monk, he was appointed a Lord of Session in 1541. He first came to prominence as Abbot of Melrose (a high position in the church) in 6 October 1525. He resigned at the request of James V, who requested Pope Paul III to dispense him of the Cistercian habit (3 July 1541). He was basically sacked for indolence and extravagance from what was supposed to be a poor order, but the Abbacy was made over to one James Stewart, an illegitimate son of the King (as were other Abbeys and livings). Andrew was provided to Archdeacon of Candida Casa* after the death of Henry Wemyss in 1541 until 1558. He later also took the see of Galloway and the Abbey of Tongland. As Bishop of Galloway, Andrew was one of a group suggested by Cardinal Sermonita to Pope Paul IV as suitable to exact reforms against churchmen trading and profiteering.

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