William Tulloch
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William Tulloch

William de Tulloch
Bishop of Moray
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
SeeDiocese of Moray
In office1477–1482
PredecessorDavid Stewart
SuccessorAndrew Stewart
ConsecrationBy 21 July 1462 (for Bishopric of Orkney)
Personal details
BornEarly to mid-1400s
Angus, Scotland
Died14 April 1482
Moray, Scotland
Previous postBishop of Orkney (1461–1477)

William de Tulloch (died 1482) was a 15th-century Scottish prelate. A native of Angus, he became a canon of Orkney, almost certainly brought there by his relative Thomas de Tulloch, Bishop of Orkney. He was provided to the bishopric upon the resignation of his cousin by Pope Pius II at the Apostolic see on 11 December 1461. He had been consecrated by 21 July 1462, when he rendered an oath of fealty at Copenhagen to Christian I, King of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

In 1468 he was one of the ambassadors responsible for organising the marriage between King James III of Scotland and Margaret of Denmark, the daughter of King Christian. The marriage resulted in the formal transfer of Orkney and Shetland to the sovereignty of the Scottish crown. He was Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland from 25 June 1470 onwards. He was sent to England in 1471 as an ambassador. He became tacksman, holding the administration of Orkney and Shetland from 27 August 1472 until 28 July 1478, continuing the role entrusted to him earlier by King Christian.

On 12 February 1477, following the death of David Stewart, he was rewarded for his extensive services by attaining translation to the Bishopric of Moray. On 21 March, his proctors at Rome, William and John of Paris, paid 642 gold florins and 43 shillings, presumably as payment for the new bishopric. He retained his position as Keeper of the Privy Seal until at least 1481. Tulloch remained Bishop of Moray until his death on 14 April 1482.


  • Dowden, John, The Bishops of Scotland, ed. J. Maitland Thomson, (Glasgow, 1912), pp. 162-3, 261-2,
  • Keith, Robert, An Historical Catalogue of the Scottish Bishops: Down to the Year 1688, (London, 1924), pp. 145, 222
  • Watt, D.E.R., Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae Medii Aevi ad annum 1638, 2nd Draft, (St Andrews, 1969), pp. 216, 253
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Spens
Bishop of Aberdeen
Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland
Succeeded by
Andrew Stewart
Religious titles
Preceded by
Thomas Tulloch
Bishop of Orkney
Succeeded by
Andrew Pictoris
Preceded by
David Stewart
Bishop of Moray
Succeeded by
Andrew Stewart

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