Welcome to The United Diocese of Argyll and The Isles



The Revd Alexander Guinness

It is with great sadness that we share news of the death, on Friday May 26th of Fr Alexander Guinness.

Fr Alexander devoted his life to the service of his congregations. Having studied at Theological College in Edinburgh, Alexander was ordained in 1985 and served his curacy in Holy Trinity, Elgin with St Margaret’s, Lossiemouth, before moving to the post of Assistant Priest in St Ninian’s, Glasgow. In 1990 he moved into the Diocese of Argyll and The Isles, firstly as Rector of Holy Trinity, Dunoon and then to serve as Rector  of St Andrew’s, Fort William from 1999.  He will be much missed in the Diocese amongst colleagues and congregations and we give thanks for his ministry and faithfulness in faith and worship.

We remember him, his widow Elaine, and the people of St Andrew’s Church, Fort William, in our prayers.

May light perpetual shine upon him, may he rest in peace and rise in glory.

As yet we do not have details of Fr Alexander’s funeral.

 The Revd Canon Sister Clare Lockhart SC

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Sister Clare died peacefully at Bethesda Hospice during the night of May 1st 2023.   She received the Sacrament of Anointing on Sunday evening and shared her joy and hope in the Resurrection to eternal life.  She continued to be a blessing to others – and retained her sense of humour – to the very end.  We thank God for her life, and for the witness she bore to God’s love as a member of the Order of the Sisters of Charity, and as a Priest in the Church of God.

Clare’s funeral will be taken by Bishop Kevin (now Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway) and is scheduled for Wednesday 31 May at 12.00noon.  It is hoped that this date will enable the many from the mainland who will wish to be present to make the necessary arrangements to travel to the island.  Because the number of people at the funeral service is expected to be large, it will be held in St Columba’s (Old Parish) Church in Stornoway.  We are very grateful to the Minister, Elders and Kirk Session of St Columba’s for their generous hospitality.

Please remember Joan, the members of Clare’s family, her close friends, and the members of the Carmel Community in your prayers during the coming days and weeks.

May Clare rest in peace and rise in glory.  Alleluia.


VACANCY – Office Administrator, Oban office.

We need an enthusiastic part-time (12hrs a week) administrator to assist the Diocesan Officers.

You will be able to work on your own initiative to a high standard, have good communication skills and a flexible approach to working as an individual and as part of a small team.

You will have experience of general office work, able to use Office 365 including Zoom & Teams.

Salary £19k (pro rata) plus non-contributory pension

20 days holidays (pro rata), plus bank holidays

Applicants can send in their CV and references, to secretary@argyll.anglican.org

Or post to:  The Diocesan Secretary, St Moluags Diocesan Centre, Croft Avenue, Oban, PA34 5JJ to arrive by 1st June 2023 latest and interviews to be held week commencing 13th June 2023.

Administrator job description

Current Information & Daily Prayers

Daily Prayers for the Scottish Episcopal Church 

Prayer Cycle

The Argyll and The Isles Weekly Prayer Cycle


The Scottish Episcopal Institute prayer diary can be downloaded         SEI Prayer Cycle 2022-23

 Latest Argyll and The Isles Newsletter is available here


Diocese of Argyll & The Isles – Privacy Statement and  Policies & Procedures


Website Updating

This is a continual process.  Please let the Office know if you wish to add any useful information.

Email office@argyll.anglican.org