A campaign to establish a public memorial to Scotland’s only Catholic martyr on the site of his execution in Glasgow has received the backing of the city’s councillors.

St John Ogilvie, a Jesuit priest, was hanged and drawn at Glasgow Cross in 1615. He had been preaching in secret and celebrating clandestine Masses. He was tried for refusing to pledge allegiance to King

James VI and I.

The Knights of St Columba are seeking to raise funds for a statue of the saint. The campaign began after a call from Sancta Familia Media, a parish group based in Motherwell diocese, on social media.

Both Labour and SNP councillors pledged their support to the project ahead of local elections scheduled to take place yesterday.

Frank McAveety, Glasgow council’s Labour leader before the election, told the Scottish Catholic Observer: “I will be delighted to assist with efforts to establish a permanent memorial to St John Ogilvie. His life is of significant historical and religious importance and Glasgow Cross is a site of rich religious history.”

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