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Scalan Annual Mass July 2018

July 3, 2018

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October 14, 2019

The Solemn Dedication of the New Scalan Altar Carfin On Sunday 6th October, members of the Scalan Association attended a most moving Liturgy of a solemn dedication of a new Altar and Mass celebrated by Bishop Toal in Carfin Grotto. The Altar was the dream of Fr Michael...

June 26, 2019

Mass at Scalan the Secret Seminary honouring the 250th Anniversary of Bishop George Hay On Trinity Sunday 1769, Fr George Hay a Scottish Priest was consecrated a Bishop in secret. An illegal act. During those years following the Scottish Reformation the Catholic Faith...

April 6, 2019

Plans are well under way to have a Scalan Altar at Carfin Grotto to commemorate the native Scots who kept the Faith in difficult times. The secret seminary at Scalan is very representative of them. Moreover it produced the priests who were crucial to catering for the C...

March 28, 2019

Bishop Hay's episcopacy was dominated by the struggle to regain our freedoms and to shake off the sense that we were second-class citizens. He was the main negotiator with government officials at a time when it was still illegal for him to be in the country at all acco...

March 26, 2019

On 2 April 1758, George Hay was ordained a priest by Cardinal Spinelli in Rome. A year later he returned to Scotland travelling with John Geddes and William Guthrie. They travelled all the way to Paris wearing the purple soutanes worn for generations by students of the...

March 23, 2019

On his return to Scotland from imprisonment in England, George Hay studied John Gother's work, "The Papist Represented and Misrepresented". An introduction to Father Seaton, a Jesuit missionary at Edinburgh, was followed by a long course of instruction, and Hay was rec...

March 21, 2019

George Hay was born in Edinburgh on 24 August 1729 into a family of the Scottish Episcopal Church. He began medical studies at the University of Edinburgh. During the Jacobite rising of 1745, when he was only sixteen, he attended to wounded soldiers after the battle of...

March 19, 2019

 The above portrait is of Bishop George Hay as a much younger man than the one that has normally used on the website. It is to be found in the Pontifical Scots College, Rome, and recently the rector very kindly arranged for a copy to be sent for use on the website and...

March 16, 2019

The "Day Book" mentioned in the last post (front cover above) covers fifteen years (1741-56) at the College. Despite its name it does not include entries for every day, but records only those events that were considered especially worthy of note. I hope that they will...

March 14, 2019

When William Duthie arrived at Scalan as Master in 1741 his was the tenth appointment in the seminary’s twenty-five years to date. Raised an Episcopalian, he had converted to Catholicism while at Aberdeen University, and had studied for the priesthood in Paris. Almost...

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