Robert George McGarrigle was born in Alloa in
1939. He was educated at Campion House Osterly and St Andrew's
College, Drygrange near Melrose in the Scottish Borders. He
was ordained in Stirling in 1968. His first parish was St Kentigern's
Edinburgh where he served as assistant Priest from 1968 until
Upon the departure from Kilsyth of assistant Priest Fr.
Keith O'Brien , now His Eminence Cardinal O'Brien, Fr McGarrigle
was appointed to work with Fr
Denis O'Connell who was the Parish Priest of St Patrick's
at that time, together with another assitant priest in Kilsyth
Fr Brian Patrick Byrne.
Fr McGarrigle was to stay in Kilsyth from 1974 until 1981 undertaking
all of the usual tasks expected of an assistant Priest notably
running the alter boys, introduced alter girls for the first
time and assisted Fr O'Connell with pilgrimages to Rosewell
to promote the beatification of at that time the Blessed
Margaret Sinclair (now Venerable) and preparing children
at St Patrick's school for first communion, confession and confirmation.
After leaving Kilsyth, Fr McGarrigle was posted to Holy Cross
Edinburgh from 1981 to 1983 and was then asked to become the
Chaplain of St Andrews University from 1983 to 1987. In 1987
he was transferred as Parish Priest to St Mary of the Angels
at Camelon near Falkirk where he worked until 1989.
There are no further entries for Fr McGarrigle in the Scottish
Catholic Directory after this date.