Saint John Ogilvie

(St. John Ogilvie)

1579 - 1615

Scotland's only post-Reformation saint. Born into a Protestant family in Keith (Moray), Ogilvie was educated in Europe and converted to Roman Catholicism in 1596. He continued his education in Regensburg (Germany) and Brno (Czech Republic) before being ordained as a Priest in Paris (1610). He returned to Scotland in 1613 disguised as a soldier or a horse trader and secretly offered mass to Scottish Catholics during a time the faith had been proscribed. He was captured by the authorities, tried and convicted of high treason in Edinburgh and hanged at Glasgow Cross. Ogilvie was beatified in 1929 and was canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1976 following the miraculous recovery of a cancer-sufferer from Easterhouse, where there is now a Roman Catholic church named in Ogilvie's honour. There are also St. John Ogilvie Churches in Irvine (North Ayrshire), High Blantyre (South Lanarkshire) and Edinburgh, and schools dedicated to him in Livingston and Hamilton. The national shrine is in At. Aloysius' Church in Glasgow.

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