August 16, 2018

About Us

Trustees Mediaeval Glasgow Trust

Catherine McMaster

Catherine McMaster

Chair of Trust

Catherine McMaster served as Councillor and Baillie on Glasgow City Council, she chaired the policy group for Archaeology which led to the printing of the “500 years of Franciscan Journey” after the discovery of the Franciscan Friary in Shuttle Street.  She brought the copy of the Vita Kentigerni to Glasgow from Dublin and started the Festival of St Mungo.  Heritage was a vibrant element of her work in Easterhouse where work was done to establish the site of the bishop’s Palace.  She has retired from Council after 16 years.

Now chair of the Mediaeval Glasgow Trust she continues her vision to connect people of Glasgow  with heritage in literature, festivals and events  and keep alive the historic environment and tradition for a future generation.  This is a city where you will be invited to live, work and share in the rich heritage and an identity built on Molendinar and the Clyde.

The Most Rev. Mario ContiThe Most Rev. Mario Conti, Archbishop Emeritus of Glasgow.

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust

Archbishop Conti was born in Elgin in 1934; was educated there and at Blairs College Aberdeen before spending seven years as a member of the Scots College in Rome gaining degrees in Philosophy and Theology. He was parish priest at St Anne’s Thurso and St. Joachim’s Wick before being appointed Bishop of Aberdeen in 1977. In 2002 he became Archbishop of Glasgow where he served for ten years. During his years of service he was a founding member and, until retirement, president of the Scottish Catholic Heritage Commission. He served also as a member of the Pontifical Commission (Rome) for the Church’s Heritage (Beni Culturali) and was sometime a member of the Historic Buildings Council of Scotland. He has a particular interest in and love for Scottish History, architecture and art, most particularly of the Mediaeval period. He is a founding member of the Mediaeval Glasgow Trust.


Dr James MacauleyDr James Macauley

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust

Formerly senior lecturer at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. Hon. Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. A former chairman of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland and the Society of Friends of Glasgow Cathedral. Author of The Gothic Revival, 1745-1845; The Classical Country House in Scotland, 1660-1800; Hill House; Glasgow School of Art, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.


Dr Gordon M Wyllie WSDr Gordon M Wyllie WS

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust

Gordon is a senior charity and trusts lawyer who was a partner in leading Scottish law firms.  A founding member and former convener of the Scottish Grant-Making Trusts Group, he served as a member of the European Commission’s Group of Experts in International Succession Law and currently chairs the Law Society of Scotland’s Trusts and Succession Committee. He sits on and gives confidential in-house counsel to a number of charitable and other organisations including Archaeology Scotland. He is an ambassador for Action Medical Research, a past Visitor of the Incorporation of Maltmen of Glasgow, and a  past Deacon Convener of the Trades of Edinburgh.  He is also a member of the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on End of Life Choices.

He is Chairman of the Edinburgh West End Community Council, President of the Burgess Association of Edinburgh, and represents the Trades House of Glasgow on the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust.


John O’NeillJohn O’Neill

Rector, The High School of Glasgow

John O’Neill studied Medieval and Modern History at the University of Glasgow prior to securing a PGCE (Distinction) in History and Modern Studies.  Having taught in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, John was Housemaster and Head of Sixth Form at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, before his move to the High School of Glasgow in 2004 as Senior Deputy Rector.  He became Rector of the High School in August 2015. He was delighted to become a Trustee of the Glasgow Medieval Trust as the High School, having its origins in Glasgow Cathedral, has been part of Glasgow’s story since the 12th Century.


Joe LoganJoe Logan

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust

Joe is an architect who runs his own architectural development company. Joe was a Director of the Glasgow West Conservation Trust between 1999 and 2005 and is also a Trustee of Glasgow City Heritage Trust.





Professor Stephen McKinneyProfessor Stephen McKinney

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust

Professor Stephen McKinney is in the School of Education, University of Glasgow, where he has been a Head of Department and a leader of Research and Teaching Group. He is the President of the Scottish Educational Research Association and is a past co-editor of the Scottish Educational Review. His research interests include: the history of Catholic education in Scotland; the position of religious minorities in Glasgow and Scotland and the impact of child poverty on school education. He is a member of the Poverty Truth Commission. He has published over 120 articles, books, book chapters, and research reports and he has presented over 100 conference papers at national and international conferences. He is very interested in the history of Glasgow and the role of the University of Glasgow in the development of this history.


Rt. Rev. Dr. Gregor DuncanThe Rt. Rev. Dr. Gregor Duncan

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Gregor Duncan is an Anglican bishop presiding over Glasgow and Galloway.




Diana MurrayDiana Murray

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust

Diana has spent her career working in the cultural heritage and historic environment field in Scotland and from 2004 -15, she was the Secretary (Chief Executive) of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and subsequently joint CEO of Historic Scotland leading the change to the merger of these two very successful bodies to create Historic Environment Scotland.  She served  as a trustee of the National Trust for Scotland  from 2004-14 and is currently the chair of Arts and Business Scotland as well as a trustee of a number of other charitable organisations.

Professor John HumeProfessor John Hume

Consultant & adviser to Mediaeval Glasgow Trust

Professor John Hume is an adviser to the Trust.  He has worked with University of Strathclyde and what is now the historic Environment Scotland.  Currently he is Patron of the Glasgow City Heritage Trust and Chair of Govan Heritage Trust.

He was for 20 years a lecturer in Economic and Industrial History at the University of Strathclyde, and was for 15 years first a Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments, then of Historic Buildings with Historic Scotland, retiring as Chief Inspector of Historic Buildings in 1999.

Prof Hume has published a wide range of books and articles on the industrial archaeology and historic buildings of Scotland, and is currently Convener of the Committee on Church Art and Architecture of the Church of Scotland and an advisory member of the General Trustees of the Church of Scotland.

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