Church mourns death of Canon John An­gus Mac­Don­ald

The Oban Times - - ANNOUNCEMENTS -

The Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Ar­gyll and the Isles has an­nounced the sud­den death of Canon John An­gus Mac­Don­ald.

A na­tive of South Uist, he was or­dained a priest by Bishop Colin McPher­son.

Canon Mac­Don­ald served the dio­cese in a num­ber of par­ishes and the church na­tion­ally by teach­ing at the ju­nior sem­i­nary at St Mary's Col­lege, Blairs.

Fa­ther John An­gus Mac­Don­ald, a na­tive Gaelic speaker, served as a par­ish priest in Ari­saig dur­ing the 1980s, then at St Mary's Church in Fort William dur­ing the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Dur­ing this time he served on the Crofters' Com­mis­sion in In­ver­ness.

He moved from Fort William to Kin­gussie Par­ish around 2004/5, but due to poor health took early re­tire­ment soon af­ter.

He re­tired to Killin in Perthshire to be near fam­ily and friends, although he would make guest ap­pear­ances at St Columba's Cathe­dral in Oban for fu­neral ser­vices and or­di­na­tions.

He was present in Oban for the in­stal­la­tion of Bishop Brian McGee, but was walk­ing slowly and with the aid of a stick.

His death in his mid seven­ties came as a shock to many as he was a great scholar of the church and a keen lin­guist.

He spoke sev­eral lan­guages and was of­ten called upon to help for­eign hol­i­day­mak­ers who had taken ill in Fort William's Belford Hos­pi­tal, or ap­peared in court as a trans­la­tor.

He also ad­vised High­land and Is­land crofters and farm­ers on Scot­tish croft­ing law and al­ways sought to be a rea­son­able ar­bi­tra­tor.

Par­ish­ioners in Fort William were told of his death at Sun­day mass re­cently.

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