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Archbishop Donald Mackintosh

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection

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Archbishop Donald Mackintosh

Donald Mackintosh (1877-1943), drawn in the year of his appointment as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow, 1922.

A native of Lochaber, Mackintosh studied for the priesthood in Aberdeen, Paris and Rome. He was ordained in 1900 and soon afterwards appointed Vice-Rector of the Scots College in Rome, becoming Rector in 1913. His contacts in Scotland were developed when he undertook a fund-raising tour for an extension to the Scots College.

It came as surprise when Mackintosh was appointed Archbishop of Glasgow in 1922, as he had no experience of parochial work or of Glasgow. But he set about the task of reorganising the administration of the Archdiocese and centralising its finances. The resulting financial stabilisation enabled the construction of over twenty new churches during his time as Archbishop, many of notable architectural merit, and the establishment of a chaplaincy at the University of Glasgow. The heavy workload took a toll on his health, and he died in office in 1943.

Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 052 BAI

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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