Archbishop Philip (Filippo) Tartaglia

1951 - 2021

Archbishop of Glasgow. Born into a Roman Catholic family of Italian heritage in Glasgow, he was raised in Dennistoun in the city's east end. Tartaglia was educated St. Thomas's Primary School in Riddrie and St. Mungo's Academy. He studied for the priesthood at St. Vincent's College, Langbank, and Blairs College in Aberdeenshire, completing his education at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he completed his doctorate. In 1975, he was ordained in his local church in Dennistoun by Archbishop Thomas Winning (1925 - 2001).

Tartaglia taught at the Scots College in Rome (1978-80), then served as assistant priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, Cardonald, while also a lecturer at St. Peter's College, Newlands (1980-83). He was appointed the first Vice-Rector of Chesters College, Bearsden (1985) and then Rector (1987-93). He went on to serve as assistant priest at St. Patrick's Church in Dumbarton (1993-95) and then parish priest of St. Mary's Church, Duntocher 1995 - 2004). He then served as Rector of the Pontifical Scots College in Rome before returning to Scotland, where he was ordained as Bishop of Paisley in 2005 by Archbishop Mario Conti (1934 - 2022). Tartaglia was appointed to succeed Conti in 2012 as Archbishop of Glasgow.

Tartaglia died suddenly at his home in Pollokshields from the effects of COVID-19. His funeral service took place at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow, where his body was interred. While noted for his conservative views, he will be remembered as a gentle pastor.

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