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Archdiocese of Glagow














196 Clyde Street, G1 4JY               



0141-226-5898 x154











Head of repository

Mary McHugh





Institutional context

The Archdiocese of Glasgow Archive is the repository for the Archbishop’s Office, and for the central administration, departments, and parishes, etc., of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow.  

Record Categories (some categories, and/or sections of categories, are subject to closure periods, and access to material containing personal information is restricted.  Further information can be obtained on application to the archivist).


Institutional history



Administrative structure

The Archdiocese of Glasgow Archive is located within the curial offices of the Archdiocese at 196 Clyde Street.  The archive dates mainly from the arrival of Archbishop Charles Eyre (1869-1902) as apostolic administrator of the Western District in 1869, and holds mainly records generated by the Archbishop’s office and the central administration, departments, etc., of the archdiocese.

With effect on 4 April 1948, the suffragan dioceses of Motherwell and Paisley were created, and northern Ayrshire was transferred to the diocese of Galloway.   


Collecting policy

The collecting policy of Archdiocese of Glasgow Archives is available upon request. 



The Archdiocese of Glasgow Archive is located within the Curial Offices of the Archdiocese of Glasgow at 196 Clyde Street, Glasgow, G1 4JY. 

The archive is unable to offer any refreshment facilities, but the St Enoch Centre, and the main thoroughfares of Buchanan Street and Argyle Street are nearby.


Archival and other holdings

The Archdiocese of Glasgow Archive is the repository for the Archbishop’s Office and for the central administration, departments and parishes etc., of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow.


Finding aids and publications

A summary catalogue continues to be available at www.catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/scancatalogue/details.  This catalogue is not updated. 

Please contact archives@rcag.org.uk if you would like further information about these collections.





Opening times

Opening Times - the Archdiocese of Glasgow Archive is open to researchers by appointment only.  Religious holidays are observed.  Please email archives@rcag.org.uk before planning a visit.


Conditions and requirements

All readers are required to register on their first visit to the archive.  This involves completing a short form and providing proof of identity, with signature and proof of address.  In some circumstances, we may ask for a letter of introduction but we will let you know if this is necessary when an appointment is made.  Failure to provide appropriate identification or to abide by the reading room rules may result in access to the archive being denied.


Disabled access

Disabled access - The reading room is located on the ground floor, and the building has ramp access from Clyde Street



The nearest underground station is St Enoch.  Any bus to the St Enoch Shopping Centre and/or Howard Street is within walking distance of the archive.  A public car park, Q-park, is next door, and there is pay-and-display on-street parking. 





Research services

The archive, where possible and at the archivist’s discretion, may undertake limited research for enquirers living at a considerable distance from the archive.  The archivist will advise further at the time enquiry is made.


Reproduction services

Digital images of documents can be ordered as long as it is possible to do so without damaging the document.  The Archdiocese of Glasgow Archive reserves the right to limit the number of digital images provided.  Fees are available on request.  


Public facilities

Readers may take their own digital photographs for the purposes of private study only.  The Archdiocese of Glasgow Archive reserves the right to limit the number of such digital images





Date of creation

Last updated January 2017