Robert Docherty was the son of Kilsyth man John Docherty who
moved to Condorrat in the 1880's to bring up his family there.
One of 5 children, Robert became a Priest of the Glasgow Archdiocese
and after a period in the armed forces as a chaplin in Belgium,
served out the rest his vocation in Glasgow. He was always closely
associated with his home Parish of Croy and was a frequent visitor
to his wider family in Kilsyth. His remains are interred in
Kilsyth cemetery, sect III, 519.
Rev. Robert Docherty – 3rd May 1979.
Born at Condorrat on 16th December 1905, Robert Docherty received
his early education at St Patrick’s Kilsyth and at St
Aloysius’ College Glasgow. He entered Blairs in 1923 and
proceeded to St Peter’s College Bearsden in 1925.
He was ordained to the priesthood on 29th June 1931 and was
appointed assistant priest to Holy Cross Glasgow where he remained
until 1933. He Spent some time in the Abbey of S. Andre, Lophen
–Les in Bruges Belgium and returned to serve in St John’s
Perth from 1936 until 1939 and then Our Lady of Victories Dundee
from 1939 to 1947.
He was not able to continue pastoral duties and had to spend
the rest of his life in hospitals, with the exception of his
last few years which he spent with his family in Condorrat.
He died in Bon Secours Hospital, Glasgow on Thursday 3rd May
1979. He was not very well known to the current generation of
priests, but a large number of them concelebrated his funeral
Mass in Holy Cross Church Croy, the principle concelebrant being
the archbishop of Glasgow himself. (Ed - Thomas Winning).
His remains were laid to rest in the family grave in Kilsyth
May he rest in peace!
By kind permission of The Scottish Catholic Directory, 1980
edition, pages 409 and 410.