John Aloysius Maguire
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John Aloysius Maguire

John Aloysius Maguire
Archbishop of Glasgow
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed4 August 1902
Term ended14 October 1920
PredecessorCharles Petre Eyre
SuccessorDonald Mackintosh
Ordination27 March 1875
Consecration11 June 1894
by Angus MacDonald
Personal details
Born8 September 1851
Died14 October 1920 (aged 69)
Crosshill House, Glasgow
BuriedOld Dalbeth cemetery, Braidfauld
DenominationRoman Catholic

John Aloysius Maguire (1851-1920) was a Roman Catholic bishop who served as the Archbishop of Glasgow from 1902 to 1920.


Early life and education

Born in Glasgow on 8 September 1851,[1][2] he was educated successively at St Mungo's Academy and St Aloysius' College, Glasgow, at Stonyhurst College, Glasgow University, and the Collegio di Propaganda Fide, Rome.[2][3]


Following his ordination to the priesthood on 27 March 1875,[1][2] he became an assistant priest in St. Andrew's Pro-Cathedral, Glasgow, and Diocesan Secretary four years later. In 1883, he was made incumbent at Partick, he became a Canon in 1884, Vicar-General in 1885, and Provost of the Chapter in 1893.[2][3]


He was appointed an Auxiliary Bishop of Glasgow and Titular Bishop of Trocmades by Pope Leo XIII on 6 April 1894.[1][2] His consecration to the Episcopate on 11 June 1894; the principal consecrator was Archbishop Angus MacDonald of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, with Bishop James August Smith of Dunkeld and Bishop William Turner of Galloway, serving as co-consecrators.[1][2]

Following the death of Archbishop Charles Petre Eyre on 27 March 1902,[4] Maguire was appointed the Archbishop of the archiepiscopal see of Glasgow on 4 August 1902.[1][2] He took formal possession of his cathedral church St Andrew's Cathedral and was enthroned on 21 September 1902.[5]

His power of swaying a large multitude by oratory was demonstrated at the 19th International Eucharistic Congress, held in London in 1908, when he quieted the thousands of assembled Roman Catholics who were infuriated at the government's interference with the proposed procession of the Blessed Sacrament in the streets of Westminster.[6]

He died at his residence at Crosshill House in Glasgow on 14 October 1920, aged 69, and was buried in Old Dalbeth cemetery, Braidfauld.[1][2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Archbishop John Aloysius Maguire". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 2010.[self-published source]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Death of the Archbishop of Glasgow". The Tablet. London. 23 October 1920. pp. 22-23. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Archbishop Maguire". 1909 Glasgow Men. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Archbishop Charles Petre Eyre". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 2010.[self-published source]
  5. ^ "Ecclesiastical intelligence". The Times. No. 36879. London. 22 September 1902. p. 5.
  6. ^ "John Aloysius Maguire". New Catholic Dictionary. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 2010.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Archbishop of Glasgow
4 August 1902 - 14 October 1920
Succeeded by

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