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Obituary: Ruth Sinclair MBE, children’s charity volunteer

Born: 27 September, 1927, in Edinburgh. Died: 22 March, 2014, in Edinburgh, aged 86. Ruth Sinclair was a pocket dynamo whose determination to help vulnerable youngsters became a lifelong passion. She championed and served the charity now known as Children 1st for the vast majority of her adult life, from fundraising for its League of […]

Sister Patty Burgess

Obituary: Patty Burgess, nun

Born: 12 June, 1916, in Edinburgh. Died: 27 March, 2014, in Loanhead, aged 97. Sister Patty Burgess, who died aged 97, was a highly respected nun whose life influenced the many hundreds she helped directly and the many thousands she helped indirectly through her work with her mentor, Canon Roland Walls. The first half of […]

Rev Dr Denis Duncan

Obituary: Rev Dr Denis Duncan, minister

For 70 years the Reverend Doctor Denis Duncan was a devoted member of the Church of Scotland and served in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. For a decade Duncan was editor of the Church’s own newspaper, the British Weekly and was also much involved with the charity the Lin Berwick Trust, which administers holiday homes for […]

Sister Mary Felicitas Bradley

Obituary: Sister Mary Felicitas Bradley

Sister Mary Felicitas Bradley, who has died aged 95, was for almost a quarter of a century the inspirational head teacher at Our Lady and St Francis Secondary School in Glasgow. She later went on to become the leader of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, the only Catholic religious order to be founded […]

Obituary: Hugh Quinn Farmer

Obituary: Hugh Quinn Farmer

Hugh Farmer, who has died aged 77, was one of Scotland’s most prolific and hard working journalists and former editor of the Scottish Catholic Observer. He enjoyed a career spanning five decades and enthusiastically covered every aspect of Scottish life. He began his career on The Eastern Standard before graduating to The Daily Express, the […]

Rev Clifford Hughes

Obituary: Rev Clifford Hughes

Rev Clifford Hughes, who has died aged 77, was a Church of Scotland minister whose ministry was just one of three distinguished careers: in education, in music and in the Kirk. He was a headmaster of Loretto Junior School in Musselburgh, he was once described as Scotland’s foremost lyric tenor, and he was a popular […]

Claire Mulholland received the Scotswoman of the Year award in 1979

Tributes paid as fundraiser Claire Mulholland dies at 71

A former Evening Times Scotswoman of The Year who helped raise more than a million pounds for cancer research has died. Claire Mulholland was diagnosed with cancer of the kidney and secondary bone cancer last October. The 71-year-old died surrounded by her family, including husband Joe, 72, at St Margaret’s Hospice in Clydebank. Claire formed […]

Elizabeth Anne Cameron Walls

Obituary: Elizabeth Anne Cameron Walls

Former general secretary of the Overseas Council of the Church of Scotland; born: April 26, 1914; died: May 26, 2013. Elizabeth Anne Cameron Walls, who has died aged 99, was a former general secretary of the Overseas Council of the Church of Scotland and as such was responsible for organising 200 missionaries. She once said […]


Obituary: Father Francis Kennedy

Many people in the west of Scotland will be saddened by the death of Father Frank Kennedy, a priest of Glasgow archdiocese. A former dux of Holyrood Secondary, Glasgow, Frank studied for the priesthood at the Gregorian University in Rome, residing at the Scots College. Ordained a priest in 1970 by Bishop James Ward, then […]

Fr Clarence Gallagher with Pope John Paul II

Obituary: Father Clarence Gallagher, Jesuit priest and former rector of St Aloysius College, Glasgow

Born: November 17, 1929; died: May 5, 2013. Father Clarence Gallagher SJ, who has died aged 83, was widely regarded as the favourite to succeed Cardinal Gray as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in 1985. For four years, he had, unusually, been both parish priest at Garnethill and rector of the College. He had […]

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