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 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.

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 (Retired)

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Gregor Duncan is a mediaeval historian and retired Anglican bishop who served as Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway from 2010–2018.

Dr Alison Burke

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust

Dr Alison Burke is an experienced heritage project manager and curator. Her work managing the medieval Drum Castle, Gardens and Estate was rewarded with Pride of Aberdeen Business Personality of the Year, City and Shire Innovation in Tourism and Creating Partnerships awards, and she was a recipient of the George Waterson Award for Services to Conservation by the National Trust for Scotland.  Her recent curated exhibitions include ‘The Grand Tour: The Eternal City’ for Blairs Museum in Aberdeen, and ‘To God and To Nature’ works by Walter Dalkeith for Dalkeith Country Park. Alison grew up and was educated in Glasgow, twice graduating from the University of Glasgow in Classics and Theatre.

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.

The Rev. Mark E. Johnstone

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust

Mark Edward Johnstone was born in Glasgow in 1968. He attended Cleddans Primary School in Drumchapel and Kingsridge Secondary School in the same area. From school Mark attended Glasgow University, achieving a Master of Arts in Social Sciences, graduating, then gaining a Bachelor of Divinity Degree.

Mark was first ordained to the Ministry of the Church of Scotland in 1993 (at Denny Westpark Parish Church in the Presbytery of Falkirk.) While in Falkirk Mark was appointed Chaplain to Belsdyke, Stirling and Falkirk Psychiatric Hospital. This led to Chaplaincy at Strathcarron Hospice.In 1999 Mark was called by Northminster United Church in Toronto Canada.

Mark returned to Glasgow, called by the congregation of St Mary’s Kirkintilloch.  During this time Mark served the Church nationally as convener of the Mission and Discipleship Council.  Mark was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant by Rear Admiral Mike Gregory to the County of Dunbartonshire.

In April 2019 Mark was called and inducted to be Minister at Glasgow Cathedral, where he currently serves.  He has, in this capacity, received and accepted invitations to serve as Chaplain to many city institutions and schools.

Mark is married to Audrey.  They have three children Ross, Gayle and Samuel.

Professor Eddie Friel OBE

Trustee, Mediaeval Glasgow Trust

Eddie brings more than 50 years of experience as a visionary thinker in integrated approaches to city marketing with a strong focus on the role of culture and heritage in creating rich, memorable places. He has helped communities around the world to use cultural assets as economic drivers. He was instrumental in supporting the transformation of the City of Glasgow in Scotland from a perceived, decaying, post-industrial city to its designation as the Cultural Capital of Europe 1990.

Upon his return to Glasgow tourism in 1997, he created the Brand Glasgow: Scotland with Style and with his team created the award-winning website

Eddie served as a Professor and ‘Expert in Residence’ for nine years at the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York, where he identified the City of Buffalo’s competitive strengths as a creative city of architecture and design. In addition, he was the founding Director of the Niagara Global Tourism Institute which he established as the focus of leadership for the tourism industry in Upstate New York.

He has won many awards and was created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second for his contribution to the tourism industry in Scotland.

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