Andrew Carruthers

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Andrew Carruthers (1770–1852) wis a Roman Catholic Bishop wha served as the Vicar Apostolic o the Eastern District o Scotland.[1]

Bishop Andrew Carruthers, Parish Priest of St Peter's Catholic Church, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland

Born in Drumillan Miln near New Abbey in Kirkcudbrightshire oan 7 February 1770. He wis the son Catholic parents, Andrew Carruthers an his wife Lucy Rigg. The priest an historian James Carruthers wis his brither.[2]

Carruthers wis ordained a priest oan 25 March 1795. He wis stationed foremaist tae the missionary station at Balloch oan the Drummond Castle estate, in Perthshire, then in 1797 appointed as the chaplain tae the Earl o Traquair at the Stuart faimily seat Traquair in Peeblesshire, an in 1800 he moved tae the mission at Munches, seat o the Maxwells at Dawbeattie in his native Kirkcudbrightshire.

Munches House, Dawbeattie, Kirkcudbrightshire in 1797

Usin a bequest fae the late Agnes Maxwell, wha died in 1809, the lest o the Catholic Maxwells o Munches, he biggit St Peter's Church in Dawbeattie whilk opened in 1814.[3] Oan Juin 29, 2014 it celebratit its 200th anniversary.

St Peter's Catholic Church, Dawbeattie

He wis appointed the Vicar Apostolic o the Eastern District an titular Bishop o Ceramus by the Holy See oan 28 September 1832. He wis consecratit tae the episcopate oan 13 January 1833. He wis consecratit bi Bishop Thomas Penswick, Vicar Apostolic o the Northern District o England, an co-consecrators wur Bishop Andrew Scott an Bishop Kyle. He died in affice in 1852, aged 84. He wis buried in St Mary's, noo the cathedral in Edinburgh.

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