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Alexander Penrose Forbes

1817-1875. Bishop of Brechin. Of Scottish aristocratic descent, he was educated at Glasgow University, then after three years with the East India Company in Madras, he returned to Britain and in 1844 graduated from Oxford. Ordained in the Church of England, he served a Leeds parish briefly before consecration in 1848 to the Scottish see of Brechin. Close friend of E.B. Pusey,* he advocated the doctrine of the Real Presence, a stand which brought censure from his episcopal colleagues. It was at Pusey's instigation also that he wrote An Explanation of the Thirty-Nine Articles (2 vols., 1867-68). His other works include Kalendars of Scottish Saints (1872) and an edition of Lives of St. Ninian, St. Kentigern, and St. Columba (1875).

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