Diocese of Argyll and The Isles

We share sad news of the death of  The Reverend Adrian Fallows

‘I am the resurrection and the life,’ says the Lord. ‘Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’  John 11.25,26

Adrian was born in 1950 and  following a call to ministry, trained on the Theological Ordination Course in Moray from 1975 to 1978. He was ordained Deacon in 1978 and Priest in 1979, and served as Honorary Assistant Curate in St John’s, Forres and St Columba’s, Nairn (1978- 81) then at Holy Trinity, Elgin and St Margaret’s, Lossiemouth (1981-1986) whilst continuing to work as a Game Manager and Keeper in Grange Gamefarm in Forres until 1986.
Following a year serving as Honorary Diocesan Chaplain in Moray in 1986, Adrian moved to the Diocese of Chichester (England) where he ministered as Assistant Curate in St George with St Ann and St Mark’s in Brighton, then as Vicar in Wivelsfield, Chichester from 1989 until 1998.
Moving to serve at St Marnan’s, Aberchirder with Christ Church, Huntly and Holy Trinity, Keith, between 1998 and 2002, Adrian was then appointed Priest-in-Charge in Ringwould with Kingsdown, Canterbury, until 2004 – continuing to minister there as Rector, along with Ripple and Sutton by Dover until 2009.
Adrian moved back to Scotland and the Episcopal Church in 2009 to serve as Rector in what is now the West Highland Region: St Paul’s Kinlochleven, St Mary’s Glencoe, St Bride’s, Onich, St John’s, Ballachulish, St Adamnan, Duror and Holy Cross Portnacrois, remaining in these Charges until his retirement in 2015.
Adrian continued to faithfully serve the church and its people on the Isle of Arran together with frequent trips to assist at St Columba’s on Islay, until his sudden death on the 2nd July 2024.
He will be greatly missed by so many members of his congregations and clergy colleagues, and we offer prayers for his family at this hard time.
May he rest in peace and rise in glory

Dean Margi
On behalf of Bishop Ian and Bishop-Elect David.



The Reverend David Railton will be Consecrated and Installed as Bishop of the United Diocese of Argyll and The Isles  on Wednesday August 28th at 11.30am in the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine in Oban.



Celebration of Bishop Kevin’s 45th Ordination Anniversary & Farewell Eucharist

St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow is filled with friends from around the Province, meeting to give thanks with Bishop Kevin for 45 years of ordained ministry as Deacon, Priest and Bishop. We give our thanks for all that Bishop Kevin gave and shared during his time with us as Bishop of Argyll and The Isles.

For those who were unable to attend, the Service can be seen at



Diocese of Argyll & The Isles elects new Bishop

Mr Railton accepted the post following a vote of the Electoral Synod, held today in Oban. He becomes Bishop-Elect, and a Consecration is expected be arranged during the next three months. The current Rector of the linked charges of Holy Trinity in Dunoon and St Paul’s in Rothesay becomes the second consecutive Rector from those charges to become a Bishop, following the election of Bishop Andrew Swift in Brechin in 2018. The Bishop-Elect said: “Having been in the Diocese for five years I know the people here and it’s a huge privilege to be elected by them. I am delighted but it’s humbling too, and a little daunting. “It’s tough to be leaving people I know and love in my linked charges but I am consoled by the fact that I will be ‘just up the road’, and I will still be looking after them as their Bishop. I’m moving on, but not moving away. “This election has come from sad circumstances following the death of Bishop Keith. There is still grieving, but as well as looking back, we are also able to look forward now.” The Primus, Bishop Mark Strange, who convened the electoral process, said: “I am delighted to welcome David to the College of Bishops, and we pray for him and the diocese as we make this exciting journey together. “We pray also for the congregations of Holy Trinity and St Paul’s, who again will have to look for a new Rector as another leaves them to become a Bishop, and we pray for the other candidates who offered themselves for discernment. “I would also like to thank all others who took part in the process – the members of the Diocesan Standing Committee, the Preparatory Committee and the Electoral Synod – for their dedication and commitment which enabled us to elect a new Bishop today.”

Mr Railton was ordained in 2008 in the Diocese of Derby following a career as a pharmacist in both hospital and retail. During his time in Derbyshire, he was the Vicar of three churches and Ordained Chaplain to the Bishop of Derby, before moving to Darlington in the Diocese of Durham in 2015, where he was Vicar of three churches and Area Dean of Darlington. In April 2019, he moved to Dunoon to become the Rector of the linked charge of Holy Trinity Dunoon and St Paul’s Rothesay. He is a keen hiker and Munro-bagger, and has climbed 186 of the 282 mountain peaks in Scotland over 3,000 feet in height. He also enjoys cooking and bread making, and has recently taken up stand-up paddle boarding (also known as SUPing) although he admits he spends more time falling off than standing up at this stage.

The Bishop-Elect is married to Sarah, who works for NHS Highlands and Islands, and they have two grown-up children – a daughter Alice, married to Martin, and a son Sam, all of whom live in London. He added: “I’d like to thank my wife for her support during this process, and also individuals from my two charges who were involved at the nomination stage. I give thanks for their prayerful support.”



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