Hugh Lindsay (bishop)

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Hugh Lindsay
Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle
In office 1974-1992
Ordination 11 December 1969
Personal details
Born (1927-06-20)June 20, 1927
Newcastle upon Tyne
Died January 19, 2009(2009-01-19) (aged 81)
Boarbank Hall
Nationality British
Education St Cuthbert's Grammar School
Alma mater Ushaw College

Hugh Lindsay (20 June 1927 – 19 January 2009) was a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.


Lindsay was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 20 June 1927. He was educated at St Cuthbert's Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Ushaw College, Durham. After priestly ordination, he worked in a variety of roles in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, most notably as secretary at Bishop's House. In 1969 Pope Paul VI appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle and titular Bishop of Cuncacestre.[citation needed]

Lindsay was consecrated bishop at St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 11 December 1969. He continued to assist the then Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Bishop James Cunningham, until the latter resigned the diocese in 1974. Lindsay was subsequently appointed to succeed Bishop Cunningham on December 12, 1974, when he took possession of the Diocese as Ordinary and bishop in his own right.[citation needed]

On 10 June 1977, Pope Paul VI appointed Owen Swindlehurst, another priest of the diocese, to assist Bishop Lindsay as Auxiliary Bishop and titular Bishop of Cuncacestre. The two worked together until Bishop Lindsay resigned the See on grounds of ill health. His resignation was accepted by Pope John Paul II on 11 January 1992.[citation needed]

Bishop Lindsay assisted the Archbishop of Liverpool, Derek Worlock, at the consecration of his successor, Bishop Ambrose Griffiths, on 20 March 1992. Until his death, Bishop Lindsay took up residence in the Diocese of Lancaster and continued to be an active member of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.[citation needed]


Bishop Lindsay died suddenly on 19 January 2009, aged 81 at Boarbank Hall, his retirement home in Grange over Sands, Cumbria.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
James Cunningham
Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle
Succeeded by
Ambrose Griffiths