Angus MacDonald (bishop)

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Angus MacDonald (1844–1900) was a Roman Catholic bishop who served as the third Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in Scotland from 1892 to 1900.[1][2]

Angus MacDonald
Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh
ArchdioceseSt. Andrews and Edinburgh
Term ended1900
PredecessorWilliam Smith
SuccessorJames August Smith
Other postsBishop of Argyll and the Isles 1878–1892
Ordination7 July 1872 (Priest)
Consecration23 May 1878 (Bishop)
Personal details
Born18 September 1844
Borrodale, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Died29 April 1900 (aged 55)
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
ParentsAngus MacDonald and Mary MacDonald (née Watson)
Alma materUniversity of London

Early lifeEdit

Born in Borrodale on the Isle of Skye on 18 September 1844, he was the third son of Angus MacDonald and Mary MacDonald (née Watson). His elder brother was Hugh MacDonald, Bishop of Aberdeen. Angus MacDonald was educated at St Cuthbert's College, Ushaw. Afterwards, he graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor of Arts.[1][2]

Priestly careerEdit

After his ordination to the priesthood on 7 July 1872, he was first stationed at St Patrick's Church, Anderston, Glasgow, then sent to Arisaig, Inverness-shire to help the aged Father William Mackintosh, at whose death he took charge of that parish. There he laboured among the people he had known from childhood, his knowledge of Gaelic enabling him to instruct and help those and there were a great many of them who neither understood nor spoke English.[1][2]

Episcopal careerEdit

Just after the Scottish Hierarchy was restored on 15 March 1878, he was appointed the first bishop of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles by the Holy See on 22 March 1878. He was consecrated to the episcopate by Archbishop Charles Petre Eyre of Glasgow on 23 May 1878, with Bishop James Chadwick of Hexham & Newcastle and Bishop John MacDonald of Aberdeen serving as co-consecrators. He took up his residence in Oban. There he devoted himself to forming his new and scattered diocese, all of which he visited in all seasons and in all kinds of weather. He became a familiar sight on the Highland steamboats, often clad in oilskin and sou'wester. He built churches and schools, and, with his priests, worked incessantly for the glory of God and the increase of the religion to which he and his ancestors had always adhered. After 14 years as Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, he was translated to the Metropolitan see of St Andrews and Edinburgh on 15 July 1892. As archbishop, he continued with the same zeal, humility, gentleness, tact, and firm attention to everything in his new duties as he had had under his old charge.[1][2]

He died in office on 29 April 1900, aged 55.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Rev. A. Macdonald, Minister of Killearnan; Rev. A. Macdonald, Minister of Kilarlity (1904). The Clan Donald. Volume 3. Inverness: The Northern Counties Publishing Company, Ltd. pp. 274–276.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Archbishop Angus MacDonald". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
Catholic Church titles
New title Bishop of Argyll and the Isles
Succeeded by
George John Smith
Preceded by
William Smith
Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh
Succeeded by
James August Smith