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Plans for St Ogilvie memorial move ahead as feast day marked

A Rosary at the site of the planned memorial took place on March 10 to commemorate the saint.

The campaign to erect a statue to St John Ogilvie in Glasgow City Centre is gathering pace it can be revealed as Scotland celebrated the martyrs feast day.

On Monday March 10 Catholics celebrated the Feast of St John Ogilvie, Scotland’s only post-reformation saint, and the campaigners are hoping to see a permanent memorial to the Church martyr.

This week the chair of the group campaigning for a memorial revealed that a plaque will be erected and a statue site has been confirmed.

An anonymous benefactor is ready to make a substantial donation that will help to pay for the statue of the saint, and council sources have indicated that the application for its placement would be considered favourably.

Tony McCartney, a member of the Knights of St Columba, and chairman of the St John Ogilvie Campaign Committee, said: “A plaque has been agreed with a department of Glasgow City Council and a site has been identified on the Tontine building at Glasgow Cross.

“An outline planning procedure is being drawn up at moment and a site for the statue to St John Ogilvie has also been identified but as yet we have had no response from the site owners.”

The campaign to erect a memorial to the saint launched in 2017 and every major political party on Glasgow Council have previously told the SCO they support the plans.

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