Eminence, Gordon Joseph Cardinal Gray was born in Leith in 1910.
His father was Frank Gray and his mother was Angela m.s Oddy.
He was the youngest of 3 children with elder sister Josephine
and elder brother George. He was educated at Holy Cross Academy,
Edinburgh and St Joseph's College, Mark Cross, East Sussex,
England from 1927 to 1929 and then St John's Seminary, Wonersh
from 1929 to 1935.
He was ordained a priest in Edinburgh on the
15th June 1935 by Archbishop
Andrew MacDonald - the Archbishop of Edinburgh which one
day he would succeed. He then undertook further studies at St
Andrews University in Fife where he also served as an assistant
priest from 1935 till 1941. He became the first ordained Catholic
priest to study there since the Reformation and ultimately he
became the first priest to graduate there since the Reformation.
He then went to undertake further studies at
St Mary College in London but upon the outbreak of war went
instead to the church of St Mary and St David in Hawick where
he served from 1941 till 1947.
After leaving Hawick, Fr Gray was appointed
as Rector of Blairs College in Aberdeen which was then the Scottish
junior Seminary for young men training for the priesthood. He
was to remain Rector for 5 years until 1951.
On the 20th June 1951, he was appointed Archbishop
of the St Andrews and Edinburgh Archdiocese by Pope Pius XII.
His Episcopal Ordaination as Archbishop in St Mary's Cathedral
Edinburgh took place on the 25th September 1951 where the principal
concelebrant was Archbishop (ultimately Cardinal) William Godfrey,
Archbishop of Westminster. The other main concelebrants were
Bishop James Donald Scanlan who was at that time Bishop of Dunkeld
(ultimately Archbishop of Glasgow) and Bishop Edward Wilson
Douglas, Bishop of Motherwell.
In 1969 Archbishop Gray was created Cardinal
by Pope Paul VI - the first resident Cardinal in Scotland since
Cardinal Gray retired on the 30th May 1985.
He died on the 19th July 1993 at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and
is buried in the crypt of St Mary's Cathedral Edinburgh.