James Scanlan

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The Most Reverend
James Donald Scanlan
Archbishop of Glasgow
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Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Glasgow
Appointed 29 January 1964
In office 1964-1974
Predecessor Donald Campbell
Successor Thomas Winning
Ordination 29 June 1929
Consecration 20 June 1946
by William Godfrey
Personal details
Born 24 January 1899
Glasgow, Scotland
Died 25 March 1976 (aged 77)
Nationality Scottish
Previous post Bishop of Dunkeld (1949-1955)
Bishop of Motherwell (1955-1964)

James Donald Scanlan (24 January 1899 – 25 March 1976) was a Roman Catholic prelate who served first as the Bishop of Dunkeld, then Bishop of Motherwell, and ultimately Archbishop of Glasgow.[1]


Born in Glasgow on 24 January 1899, he was ordained to the priesthood on 29 June 1929. He was appointed the Coadjutor Bishop of Dunkeld and Titular Bishop of Cyme by the Holy See on 27 April 1946. He was consecrated to the Episcopate on 20 June 1946. The principal consecrator was Cardinal William Godfrey, Archbishop of Westminster, and the principal co-consecrators were Andrew Thomas McDonald, Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh and Donald Alphonsus Campbell, Archbishop of Glasgow.[1]

On the death of Bishop John Toner on 31 May 1949, he automatically succeeded as the Diocesan Bishop of Dunkeld. He was translated to the Diocese of Motherwell as bishop on 23 May 1955, and nine years later he translated again to the Metropolitan see of Glasgow as archbishop on 29 January 1964. Between 1962 and 1965, he attended all the four sessions of the Second Vatican Council.[1]

He retired on 23 April 1974 and assumed the title Archbishop Emeritus of Glasgow. He died on 25 March 1976, aged 77.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Archbishop James Donald Scanlan". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 5 October 2010. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Toner
Bishop of Dunkeld
Succeeded by
William Andrew Hart
Preceded by
Edward Wilson Douglas
Bishop of Motherwell
Succeeded by
Francis A. S. W. Thomson
Preceded by
Donald Alphonsus Campbell
Archbishop of Glasgow
Succeeded by
Thomas Joseph Winning