Mission Statement

To share and promote interest in the mediaeval history and heritage of Glasgow from its foundations in the 6th century AD, with a focus mainly on its mediaeval development within the period 1100 to 1600.
  • To serve a community of interests in the history and heritage of mediaeval Glasgow. To bring together people who want to study further the mediaeval period through academic links and talks, to discover how Glasgow developed as a thriving centre of urban growth, a bishop’s burgh, a university city, and a hub of commercial activity. To promote the potential development of the interests of visitors and tourists in the sites and remains of the mediaeval city, most notably those of St Mungo’s Cathedral, Provand’s Lordship, its University and the City’s streets and bridges. To liaise with others including the promoters of the Festival of St Mungo and the establishment of the City as the goal of a Pilgrimage route.


The city of Glasgow has been affected by the ongoing stresses and challenges of the pandemic. We have worked hard to ensure that the St Mungo Festival takes place in 2021 albeit mostly in an online environment. While the majority of the Festival events will be presented online, we aim to retain the essence of what the Festival was founded to celebrate: St Mungo, Glasgow, the city’s history and people.

We anticipate that we will still be facing some forms of restrictions in January and we will be presenting our lecture series on Zoom. In addition to viewing the lectures you will be able to participate in the question and answer sessions that will follow each lecture. For some events you will be able to email questions in beforehand and you will also be able to submit questions during the event. The chairperson will direct the questions to the speaker at the event.

The Festival will also feature some short presentations and conversations on topics of interest, such as the meaning of Glasgow’s Coat of Arms – why is there a fish in a tree? – and the manuscript of the Life of St Mungo written by Bishop Jocelin which is kept in the city’s Mitchell Library.

There will be a physical event: the walk along the Molendinar on St Mungo’s Feast Day will take place with limited numbers.

There are many interesting and stimulating lectures, talks and events taking place and we hope you are able to attend as many as possible.


Upcoming Events

  1. ‘Mediaeval Glasgow in Scottish Literature’ – a lecture by Prof. Gerry Carruthers

    7 January, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Youth Dedication

    8 January, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Opening of the Vita Kentigerni

    9 January, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm UTC+0
  4. Signs & Symbol’s: Glasgow’s Coat of Arms

    9 January, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+0
  5. St Mungo Festival Ecumenical Service

    10 January, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Mungo’s Bairns

    12 January, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 pm UTC+0
  7. MUNGO: Legends of a Scottish Saint

    12 January, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
  8. Molendinar Lecture 2021: Coinage & Coining It in Glasgow

    13 January, 2021 @ 5:30 am - 7:00 pm UTC+0
  9. St Mungo Walk along the Molendinar

    13 January, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am UTC+0
  10. An Archaeology of Memory: Scotland’s Early Saints

    14 January, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0


About our Trustees

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.

The Most Rev. Mario Conti

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.

Dr 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.

Dr 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.

John O’Neill

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust
John O’Neill studied Medieval and Modern History at the University of Glasgow prior to securing a PGCE (Distinction) in History and Modern Studies.

Joe 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 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.

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Gregor Duncan

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

Dr Alison Burke

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust
Dr Alison Burke is an experienced heritage project manager and curator. Her work has involved managing the medieval Drum Castle and she was a recipient of the George Waterson Award for Services to Conservation by the National Trust for Scotland.

Professor 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.

Professor Eddie Friel OBE

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust
Professor Friel brings more than 50 years of experience as a thinker in integrated approaches to city marketing with a strong focus on the role of culture and heritage in creating rich, memorable places.

The Rev. Mark E. Johnstone

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust
Born in Glasgow in 1968, Mark was first ordained to the Ministry of the Church of Scotland in 1993. In April 2019 he was called and inducted to be Minister at Glasgow Cathedral, where he currently serves.